Hunting & Fishing
The Field

The Field June 2019

Published by TI Media Limited The Field is a monthly glossy magazine dedicated to those brave souls who shoot, fish and hunt way beyond the call of duty. Since 1853, its staff has selflessly brought its readers the cream of rural life, be it pheasant shooting, dry-fly fishing or the distinct merits of Cheval Blanc. If you love field sports, errant terriers and very foxy friends at hunt balls, The Field is for you.

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in this issue

5 min.
we cannot let this fiasco be repeated

MY diary for 27 April might have appeared unusual to some but is a snapshot of realities in the countryside. Early that morning I was due to meet my local farmer and help him cull a flock of feral pigeon that had taken up residence in his grain barn, despoiling last year’s crop and the combine with their droppings. We needed to deal with them before they started breeding again. Following that, I had to sort out a pair of jackdaws that were again attempting to nest in the chimney. Last year they did so undetected, a fire was lit and the resulting smoke meant the room had to be redecorated. Chimney cowls cannot be fitted as the building is listed so the solution is the .22 air-rifle. In both…

4 min.
art in the field

ICONIC sporting artist Lionel Edwards died, aged 87, in 1966, long before most of us had even started hunting. So how can it be that when you re-imagine your own red-letter days following hounds the picture in your mind’s eye is a Lionel Edwards’ painting? Edwards depicted huge hedges, cavernous ditches and impregnable walls being cleared, in front of a backdrop of leaden skies and old, yellowed turf. Today, these images are rare even in sporting fantasies – did such scenes really exist then? Edwards asks himself this question in his memoir, Reminiscences of a sporting artist, published in 1947, in which he writes his final chapter as though The Field was interviewing him. To the query of whether, “the incidents depicted did not really take place in that environment” he…

1 min.
field notes

A record 17,000 nominations were received for this year’s Countryside Alliance Awards, which will be presented on 18 June in the House of Lords. Among those hoping to reach the final for the ‘Rural Oscars’ are an organic sheepskin company in Somerset, a pop-up farm in Hertfordshire, a caravan park and bistro on a farm in Ceredigion and a Herefordshire crisp maker who has developed the UK’s first compostable packet. Organic Sheepskins, run by Mark Raymond, is England’s only organically certified tannery. It tans sheep, goat and alpaca skins for farmers and smallholders, turning them into rugs. New tanning and pickling tanks are being built to meet the demand from stalkers for deerskin tanning. “We started properly tanning in October 2018 and have not stopped since,” said Mark Raymond, who is currently…

1 min.
glanusk oaks on view for first time

A collection of 300 species of oak tree on an estate in Wales opens to the public for the first time this summer. The collection, started in 1826 on the Glanusk estate in Powys by Sir Joseph Bailey, escalated under Bill Legge-Bourke, who created a quercetum on the estate in the 1980s. His son, Harry, has continued adding to the collection, which is centred around the original oak avenue along the banks of the Usk. “I am delighted that after 40 years of work, sweat and tears propagating amazing oaks from all around the world, the collection is ready to be opened to the public,” said Harry Legge-Bourke. The oak tour and gardens are open Thursday to Saturday from 19 May – when the gardens will also be open as part of the…

1 min.
in brief

DOGS IN ART Dogs of all shapes and sizes are celebrated in an exhibition at Chatsworth, until 6 October. Works by Constable and Stubbs will feature alongside contemporary pieces by Lucian Freud and Antony Gormley, among others. In the garden, artist Ben Long has create an eight-metre scaffolding sculpture. Details at: www.chatsworth.org/thedog HISTORY UNRAVELLED A five-year project to thread together Britain’s history, from 1603 to 2016, will be launched on the opening day of the Chalke Valley History Festival (24-30 June) near Salisbury. In total, there will be 35 talks, podcasts and, finally, a book, one copy of which will be donated to every secondary school in the country. Details about this year’s festival, which has a main theme of ‘Farming’, can be found at: www.cvhf.org.uk DAKS OVER DUXFORD The skies over the UK and Normandy will…

1 min.
hen harriers on salisbury plain

The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) will play an important role in a Natural England initiative to reintroduce hen harrier chicks (pictured) to a site on Salisbury Plain this June as part of a project to save the bird from extinction. Over the next five years up to 20 birds will be reintroduced annually from donor sites in Spain and France. The birds are poor survivors with natural mortality affecting about seven out of every 10 in their first year, so it will take some time to establish a healthy population. While the NGO supports the scheme, the RSPB remains opposed to it. “The RSPB has serious reservations about this approach to hen harrier conservation in England. Instead, we believe that ending hen harrier persecution is the key to restoring the UK’s population…