David Tomlinson

Brittany spaniel

France and England may be separated only by a narrow stretch of water, but the difference in our shooting culture could hardly be more different. Shooting is hugely popular throughout…

pick up wounded bird

Sometimes it's all too easy for dogs to retrieve early-season birds that are exhausted rather than shot; but it's bad practice, writes David Tomlinson

spaying gundogs

To spay or not to spay? It’s a question that faces most of us who own or work bitches, and it’s one that I’ve changed my mind on in recent…

Q) Here in the US, our wild turkey population was virtually wiped out, but has now been successfully restored. Though the initial re-introductions were unsuccessful because gamefarm stock was released,…

Q) Several pairs of swifts breed under the eaves of our house every year. This year we rescued a young bird that was grounded, and then successfully launched it into…

Q) After two summers when I hardly saw a single small tortoiseshell butterfly, they are suddenly back in good numbers. What caused their disappearance, and their welcome return? R. COLLINS…

Q) A bird-watching friend insists that the most numerous bird in Norfolk in the autumn is the pheasant. Is he correct? R. WILDER By email

Q) My house overlooks our village pond, which supports a healthy feral mallard population. This spring, I have noticed that a particular drake (recognisable by the lack of a neck…

Field trial champion or a show champion - some dogs achieve both

Q) I read recently that the osprey was reintroduced to Scotland in the 1950s, but I have always believed that it re-established itself. What are the facts? P. DONALD By…

Q) Is it unusual for woodpigeon to nest in barns? In recent years we have had an increasing problem with these birds trying to nest in our open cart lodge?…

(Q) The theft of Rufus, the Harris hawk at Wimbledon this year, was widely reported. However, shouldn’t the bird be known as a Harris’s hawk rather than a Harris hawk?…