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Shooting Times & Country 05-Jun-2019

Since its launch in 1882, Shooting Times & Country Magazine has been at the forefront of the shooting scene. The magazine is the clear first choice for shooting sportsmen, with editorial covering all disciplines, including gameshooting, rough shooting, pigeon shooting, wildfowling and deer stalking. Additionally the magazine has a strong focus on the training and use of gundogs in the field and, because it is a weekly publication, the magazine keeps readers firmly up-to-date with the latest news in their world.

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wildlife first

Some weeks ago, I drove to Kent. The journey out of London and down the A20 is suburban travel at its most tedious, but as I crossed the water to the Isle of Sheppey and arrived at Elmley nature reserve, the grind suddenly became worth it. Walking across that marshscape in 2019 is like stepping back 50 years. Curlew call and lapwing cry fill the air while rabbits scurry through the scrub. The ecological advantages of being separated from the mainland, crucially biosecurity and an absence of badgers, are very clear. I was there to see conservationist Mary Colwell to talk about the public’s perception of predators. When I arrived she was chatting to other notable figures from the world of conservation, including Ian Newton and Philip Merricks. If Elmley is the…

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gove too intent on pm race?

Despite promises of a swift resolution, environment secretary — and potential Prime Minister — Michael Gove has yet to announce how he intends to end the chaos caused by the revocation of the general licences. On 4 May Mr Gove formally took back over the power to issue general licences from Natural England. He almost immediately launched a consultation which ended on 13 May. The consultation attracted tens of thousands of responses that Defra had promised to consider for a week before acting. This move sparked hopes that the combination of Defra’s resources and the minister’s legal powers could bring a swift end to the problems experienced by farmers and pest controllers. While an initial response was expected by Monday, 20 May, subsequent information suggested an announcement would be made on the following…

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trial “expert” kisses witness

A court was told to exclude the evidence of an expert witness in a hunting trial, after he was spotted kissing a prosecution witness. Professor Stephen Harris — who is an opponent of hunting and gave evidence to the Burns Inquiry that led to the ban — was called by the Crime Prosecution Service (CPS) to the trial of Grafton huntsman Mick Wills, who was subsequently found not guilty of illegal hunting. However, on arrival at court Professor Harris greeted anti-hunting campaigner Judy Gilbert with a kiss, showing a close relationship that prevented impartiality, Mr Wills’s defence counsel argued. Professor Harris’s fitness as an expert witness in hunting cases had been questioned before. In 2015 he failed to inform a court about his connections to the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS). The case…

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gamekeeper faces court for shooting rare birds

A Berwickshire gamekeeper faces trial on 13 June, having been accused of shooting two goshawks, four buzzards, three badgers, a peregrine falcon and an otter. Sixty-year-old Alan Wilson is also charged possessing an air rifle without a certificate — now a requirement under Scottish law — improper use of a snare and failing to produce snaring records. The offences are alleged to have taken place between March 2016 and May 2017. The accused pleaded not guilty to all 12 charges at Jedburgh Sheriff Court. Wilson has been accused of wildlife crime before in the same court. In June 2018 he was fined £400 and banned from keeping birds of prey for 10 years after he was found to be keeping an eagle owl in unacceptable living conditions. A gamekeeper who wished to remain…

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to do this week

GUNDOG It’s time to start tightening up your gundog training with only three months until the partridge season starts. “You’ll never struggle to get a dog to hunt, retrieve or find birds, that is natural to them,” says Ellena Swift, gundog trainer and Shooting Times contributor. “It’s the steadiness that needs work and practice.” Brush up on whistle commands. Work on ground where there are plenty of good scents to distract the dog and practise walking to heel, sitting and recall. Go back to using a long line if you think it’s necessary. CHECK Following reports of trespassers releasing birds and damaging pens, check your game pen security. Take a watchful walk along the public roads nearby and ensure that no keepering equipment can be seen that could attract the attention of activists and advertise…

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did rspb and snh use illegal traps?

Questions have been raised over the legality of traps used by a joint RSPB and Scottish Natural Heritage project on the Orkney Islands. The £7million Orkney Native Wildlife Project aims to eradicate stoats from the Orkneys. The mustelids only arrived on the Islands in 2010 and have damaged important populations of ground-nesting birds. The project has proved controversial due to its high cost and failure to win the support of some farmers, who are angry over the management of greylag geese on the islands. “The traps raised questions about the legal dimensions” The project has been using the Department of Conservation (DOC) trap that was developed in New Zealand. It is believed to be much more humane than the Fenn and springer traps, which are widely used to kill stoats. The trap is…

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