David Tomlinson

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?…

Q) During some fine weather at the end of May, I was watching a starling in my garden. Its wings were spread and its tail was fanned out, and the…

I live in south-east London, where carrion crows have an easy life. For the past five or six years I've seen what I believe to be the same individual, recognisable…

Q) I can recall once seeing a photograph of a “phantam” — a cross between a bantam hen and a cock pheasant — on the letters page of Shooting Times.…

A day at a Purdey Gold Award-winning shoot

What happens when field triallingdogs become affected by disease?

David Tomlinson spends a day with the owner of Merlot, a FTCh German shorthaired pointer which has won over the sceptics on local shoots

David Tomlinson talks to English setter enthusiast Anne Maddison who is keen to have as much success in field trialling as she has had in the show ring

It’s not the winning but the taking part that matters, so they say, but David Tomlinson disagrees, and shows us how to increase a dog’s chances…

Q) If lynx were introduced to the Scottish Highlands what would their likely prey be and would they kill sheep? D. BARKER By email

Q) I was brought up in the belief that every autumn, flocks of woodpigeon migrated to eastern England from the Continent, and that these foreign birds were smaller and darker…

Q) During a skiing holiday in Finland last winter I saw a number of completely white grouse and I assumed they were ptarmigan. However, a Finnish friend told me that…

Q) In September, my springer spaniel flushed a medium-sized brown bird while we were rabbit shooting in North Norfolk. It looked like a partridge except that it flew with its…