Alastair Balmain

The RSPB tightens its grip

The RSPB’s proposal to control shooting by licensing is at odds with its so-called neutrality regarding fieldsports, says Alastair Balmain

Rural communities have been marginalised and neglected by this Government, according to a cross-party committee of MPs tasked with overseeing the Government’s handling of rural affairs.

The moors are merrier

It's silly season, and over the horizon flies the journalist's salvation — a grouse on the Twelfth. Alastair Balmain discusses the media frenzy

The threat of London’s parrots

An exotic sight in the capital, the ring-necked parakeet population has already escaped the boundary of the M25. Is this a future conservation concern, asks Alastair Balmain

Shooting journalists would probably attend the opening of an envelope, but in this case the party was worth it

With prices rising faster than a January pheasant, refuelling the shoot 4x4 now requires significant investment. Alastair Balmain looks at what you can do to cut the fuel bill

Is the sport of shooting booming?

Nowadays, we tend to talk in terms of threats and dangers where shooting is concerned, but is the sport actually enjoying a new golden age?

This Thursday, 6 September, Shooting Times will be celebrating its 125th anniversary — don't miss out on this special 132-page issue complete with a 96-page commemorative book "125 Years of

Hold your breath…

There's a terrible sense of déja-vu, but this time around it looks like foot-and-mouth has nothing to do with imported livestock and everything to do with incompetence

Decisions, decisions. When it comes to buying a new vehicle for the shoot, just where should you be putting your hard-earned cash?

All eyes on the Humber

Is legislation intended to conserve birds fowling's biggest threat? Alastair Balmain reports on a local battle that could have a direct impact on the sport's future