Why pest control is essential if we still want to hear birdsong

Our wildlife has declined by 50 per cent in the past 40 years. Predators have gained the upper hand throughout Britain and nowhere is safe. Pest control is essential if the next generation is ever to hear birdsong, says Richard Brigham

Ferret breeding

Simon Whitehead knows a top-class ferret, with rigorous breeding, tenacity, a strong prey drive and yet is easy to handle, is often hard to find

General Licenses and pest control

Jeffrey Olstead welcomes changes to the General Licences, such as putting geese back on the menu, but argues for a more flexible approach

VIDEO: Rabbit shooting over ferrets

Simon Whitehead adapts his usual techniques, inviting a friend to shoot with him over his ferrets as they tackle a rabbit problem in Norfolk

Tips for squirrel shooting

SHOOTING TIPS: Squirrel shooting! Mark, shooting coach at Grimsthorpe SG, on eliminating the grey plague.

Pest control – hooded crows

Hooded crows are a threat to spring lambs and a difficult pest to control, but Bruce Potts thinks they offer some of the most challenging shooting there is