Hunting & Fishing
The Field

The Field July 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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14 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
a ‘green’ and unpleasant land

A WEEK after Natural England buckled pathetically to Wild Justice’s legal challenge on the general licences, the pressure group’s leading champion, Chris Packham CBE, met the Rt Hon Michael Gove, secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs. Inevitably, there was a photo opportunity and both men were pictured holding A Peoples [sic] Manifesto for Wildlife, written by ‘Chris Packham et al’. Rather like a handshake, grasping a document carries a level of endorsement and Gove might have been wise to heed the manifesto’s proud warnings that it’s both controversial and political – and then read it closely – before clutching it publicly. For this is the road map that will be followed by all who would like to see fieldsports dramatically curtailed. In the manifesto’s brave new world, dissent from…

4 min.
art in the field

THERE are moments when you do still get a bit proud to be British, and HM The Queen’s Birthday Parade is guaranteed to jerk a tear. Rows of magnificent horses, as black and shiny as the high boots of their riders, jog and clash their way down The Mall. Swords are drawn, cuirasses gleam. Everything is bright and fluttering and ringing. As the Household Division leaves The Mall to Troop the Colour on Horseguards, tourists dive into Harrods to buy shortbread tins in unprecedented quantities. By early afternoon, it’s all over and the Household Cavalry goes back to its Hyde Park Barracks at 20A Knightsbridge – which is where sculptor Frippy Jameson is waiting to capture the secret world behind the pageantry. “The contrast between the pageantry that you see and…

1 min.
in brief

FIELD CIRCULATION SUCCESS Latest circulation figures demonstrate that The Field is by far Britain’s biggest-selling fieldsports monthly title, with 170,000 readers every month (source: the Publishers Audience Measurement Company). The figures were compiled by PAMCo for the period January to December 2018 and reflect the combined print and digital readership: 123,000 people enjoy the printed version of the magazine every month and 47,000 the digital edition. CYCLING FOR CHARITY Macnabber and keen rod Orlando Hill is cycling 2,800 miles with four friends to raise £12,500 for the Atlantic Salmon Trust and three other charities. Leaving London on 24 June, they hope to reach Istanbul on 27 July. “It’s going to be a serious adventure,” said Hill, who has just left Newcastle University. To donate, go to: uk.virginmoneygiving. com/London_to_Istanbul SCULPTURE OF AIRBORNE SOLIDER A life-size bronze…

3 min.
field notes

Riverfly census shows alarming declines Results of a three-year study carried out by Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC) between 2015 and 2017 blamed industrial, agricultural and domestic pollution for the “worrying declines” of aquatic insects in English rivers. Of the dozen rivers sampled in the Riverfly Census, the Camel and Dove came top for water quality and the Welland and Wensum bottom. The Census found a loss in mayfly species of up to 44% since 1998 on Britain’s chalkstreams. Population declines were found on the Itchen of 43%, the Test and Avon of 37% and Lambourn of 44%. “The evidence is clear, our rivers urgently need our help. Current regulation and management are not managing to halt the frightening decline of aquatic insects, let alone reverse it,” said Dr Janina Gray, S&TC’s head of…

1 min.
diary dates: july

1-31 Hampshire Food Festival More than 100 events, from gin making to cookery masterclasses taking place. Tel023 8073 3830;www.hampshirefare.co.uk 1-7 RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (non RHS members 4-7) Hampton Court, Surrey. www.rhs.org.uk 5-7 GWCT Scottish Game Fair Scone Palace, Perthshire. Tel0739 588 7412;www.scottishfair.com 9-11 Great Yorkshire Show Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate. Tel01423 541222; greatyorkshireshow.co.uk 10-14 Henley Festival Henley Bridge, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Tel01491 843404;www.henley-festival.co.uk 13-14 The Cotswold Show and Food Festival Cirencester Park, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Tel01285 652007;www.cotswoldshow.co.uk 13-27 Forde Abbey Annual Sweet Pea Fortnight Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset. Tel01460 221290;www.fordeabbey.co.uk 17 Lycetts Festival of Hunting East of England Showground, Peterborough. Young handlers class introduced this year. Tel01733 363524;www.festivalofhunting.com 19-11 August Big Butterfly Count Volunteers to spend 15 minutes counting butterflies. www.bigbutterflycount.org 20-21 The Great British Food Festival Knebworth House, Hertfordshire. Tel01925 479140; greatbritishfoodfestival.com 22-25 Royal Welsh Show Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys. Tel01982 553683;www.rwas.wales 25-28 Port Elliot Festival St Germans, Saltash, Cornwall. porteliotfestival.com 26-28 The Game Fair Hatfield House, Hertfordshire. Tickets £27 adults, £10…

2 min.
#the field

MOST VIEWED A nobility of labradors We shared this super picture of the Drakeshead labradors from our archive and asked readers, “What could be the collective noun for a group of labradors?” ‘A nobility’ of labradors received the most likes, with ‘an honesty’, ‘an intelligence’, ‘a confusion’, ‘a legend’ and ‘a libation’ also popular. “I was thinking ‘a regiment’ of labradors,” shared one Fielder, “but my 11-year-old daughter, who has lost many an unguarded snack to ours, thinks ‘a vacuum’ of labradors.” #THEFIELDMAGAZINE British dogs in 1867 One Fielder unearthed The Dogs of the British Islands, 1867, by JH Walsh (aka ‘Stonehenge’), Editor of The Field from 1857-1888, and shared a fantastic, vintage Field advert from the book. Listing all of the topics covered by The Field, readers’ favourite sells included “croquet is thoroughly discussed”,…