When you cook woodcock you can roast the bird whole, without removing the entrails, because they empty their bowels when they take off. A traditional woodcock recipe would involve mashing the trail on toast and serving with the skull on top so you can suck the brains out of the head. The woodcock recipes below are a more contemporary take on cooking this game bird, ranging from a simple roast to a terrine and an easy smoked woodcock dish.

Smoked woodcock

Mark Hinge serves up a tasty summer combination of game and broad beans

Woodpecker woodcock

Woodpecker woodcock

Try this unusual recipe for woodcock, says Mark Hinge, and wow your guests