Jackdaw

Jackdaw: facts about this intelligent bird

At first glance the jackdaw may seem undistinguished, but it is subtly handsome. (Read about another corvid – the jay – here.) The smallest native species of crow has a superficially black plumage and distinctly purple sheen to the black cap, while the cheeks, nape and neck are a greyish-silver.…

farmland

Why rights to roam are causing more accidents

As people are given ever wider rights to roam on land where there is livestock, is it any wonder that numbers of accidents are increasing? Rights to roam We are getting to that time of year when cows that have been overwintered in sheds are being let out into the…

Gunshop – Richard Negus talks about his favourite

In 1998, in a portable building on the outskirts of the small Suffolk town of Eye, a business opened selling cleaning products. We are not talking about the duck-shaped stuff that you squirt around the toilet bowl, more the caustic and potentially skin-removing variety that farmers and local authority workers…

How to make coffee, wine and more out of dandelion

As I have belaboured much in these articles, people often take exception to foraging on spurious conservation grounds. Yes, someone could help themselves to a lion’s mane fungus or eat toasted orchid bulbs, but easily half of the wild food that is collected in any quantity is a weed. The…

Can shoots survive as price hikes bite?

The Atlantic surface pressure chart is strangely fascinating. It’s produced by the Met Office to show isobars, depression and fronts. You can play a time-lapse of the charts over several days, watch the big winter storms spin their way across the Atlantic and try to guess from their trajectory where…

Looking ahead to the 2022 Clay Shooting Classic

This summer, one of the UK’s finest clay breaking celebrations will return to Orston Shooting Ground. And you could be there. From 26-29 May top competitive shots and keen amateurs will head to the Nottinghamshire ground to face off against two 75-target English Sporting courses, four 25-target Sportrap layouts and…

Looking at outdoor phone cases? Here are our picks

When it comes to outdoor phone cases, you are simply asking for trouble if you’re out in the field for extended periods of time and you don’t have a serious phone protector. They are a valuable inclusion because they allow you to be able to use your phone without thought…

Preventing trespassing vehicle

Trespassing vehicles – in the countryside, trouble often comes on wheels.

In the countryside, trouble often comes on wheels with trespassing vehicles.  Serious acts of poaching, hare coursing, badger digging, illegal off-road driving, fly-tipping, farmyard thefts, hunt sabs… In all these cases, motor vehicles of some sort invariably feature. With the proliferation of smartphones, CCTV and trail cams, you might think…

Road to the Classic 2022: Clay shooting tips from professionals

The 2022 Clay Shooting Classic returns on the 26th May, and if you want to be in with a shot of winning the most prestigious independent clay shooting competition in the calendar, book your place here: https://competitionandeventsschedule.orston.com/ For more information, just call 01949851181, or visit: info@orston.com Clay shooting tips are always…

gundog handling

All about the letters FTCh and what they mean

Most people who work gundogs are aware of the letters FTCh in front of a dogs name. They stand, of course, for field trial champion. With the most popular breeds, such as labradors, English springers and cockers, several are made up each year. With the less numerous or minority breeds,…

electric vehicle as shooting wagons

Electric vehicles as shooting wagons – are they up to the job?

’With motoring turning towards the greener side, we’re definitely seeing an increase in the number of electric vehicles in our cities, towns and villages. But what does this mean for your average shooting type? Are electric vehicles as shooting wagons practical? An eco-friendly option is likely to perform when it’s…

Hedgerow

What we need to do about peat

It’s rather difficult to know quite where to start with the carbon debate, when, according to my research, we have been losing carbon into the atmosphere from our soils since the dawn of agriculture some 12,000 years ago, when we began tillage. The figure I saw was an eye-watering 133…

gamekeeper on moorland

Why gamekeepers are the best sustainable farmers

The word ‘sustainability’ is buzzing like a swarm of bees. But what does it mean for fieldsports? The simplest definition of sustainability is this: doing something today in a way that doesn’t detract from it being done in the future. So if I sell some of my sheep for meat,…

Rural broadband – who offers the best service?

When it comes to living in a rural area of the country, many of us know all-too-well the difficulty of getting access to a reliable broadband system. Unlike those who live in more densely populated areas, those who call the countryside home often have to make do with sub-par, snail-speed…

best fieldsports books

Best fieldsports books on hunting, shooting and fishing

The best fieldsports books We’ve picked out a list of our favourites below and we’re adding to this list of the best fieldsports books as new publications come out. There’s nothing like settling down with a good read after a day out in the field. Maybe you’re looking to brush…

Pheasants on game cart

What the British Game Assurance plans for this season

As it approaches what may be its most challenging season yet, the British Game Alliance has rebranded itself as British Game Assurance (BGA). It hopes the new name will better reflect what it does and will mark out its place among the group of shooting organisations that make up Aim…