Common snipe in flight

The common snipe – or, as the Finnish call it, the ‘sky ram’

Facts about the common snipe Distribution: Most worldwide populations are highly migratory, breeding in Iceland and across much of Europe, Russia and northern Asia. Overwinters in Africa and southern Asia.UK distribution: British populations are largely resident or only partially migratory. Can be found across the country but more numerous in…

Snipe shooting

That snipe is toast

Springbok!” I couldn’t help but chant the word a few times in front of my friend Tom. England had just lost the Rugby World Cup final. As a lad from Essex, Tom’s accent was clear. Unfortunately for Tom, we were in deepest, darkest west Wales, where the rugby fans never…