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The Field May 2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd 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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the field established 1853 vol 333 no 7378

EDITOR Jonathan Young EDITORIAL ENQUIRIES 01252 555220 DEPUTY EDITOR Alexandra Henton 01252 555221 CHIEF SUB-EDITOR Diane Cross 01252 555225 CONTENT ASSISTANT Sarah Pratley 01252 555220 GROUP ART DIRECTOR Dean Usher PICTURE EDITORS Max Tremlett and Duncan Bond STUDIO DIRECTOR Brett Lewis HEAD OF MARKET Stuart Duncan stuart.duncan@ti-media.com DISPLAY & CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING BeckyNorris 07929 369204 rebecca.norris@ti-media.com Charlene Homewood 07815 712678 charlene.homewood@ti-media.com FelicityBateman 01252 555305 felicity.bateman@ti-media.com HEAD OF PROPERTY PaulWard 07946 513309 paul.ward@ti-media.com OliverPearson 07961 800887 oliver.pearson@ti-media.com GARDENING & INTERIORS Kate Barnfield 07817 629935 kate.barnfield@ti-media.com HEAD OF AGENCY INVESTMENT Rob Freeman 020 3148 6708 rob.freeman@ti-media.com INSERT SALES – CANOPY MEDIA CharlotteTurner 020 7611 8175 charlotte@canopymedia.co.uk SENIOR MARKETING EXECUTIVE Hannah Rought 01252 555122 / 07984640249 hannah.rought@ti-media.com MANAGING DIRECTOR, COUNTRY AND PARTICIPATIVE EVENTS Steve Prentice GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR Andrea Davies CEO Marcus Rich…

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the habitat v hatchery debate

YOU’D think as a middle-class, middle-aged graduate I’d always be on the side of science and the status quo; most of my life I have been. However, I’m also a fisherman and my passion is making me angry about the way our statutory authorities are betraying our rivers and the wild fish that inhabit them. These past years, every species I love to pursue – wild browns, salmon, river roach and barbel – seem to be in a terminal decline. I fish all over the UK and the message is largely the same everywhere: our rivers are getting poorer and our scientists are getting richer. I’m only one of a host of river anglers who have had enough, who want to see positive remedial action taken both nationally and now.…

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field notes

A Hampshire village is opening a community store and post office this month after raising £220,000. Villagers at Preston Candover have spent five years planning and fundraising. Grants were secured from the Prince’s Countryside Fund, the local council, National Lottery Awards for All, Linbury Trust and the LEADER funding programme. In addition, a shareholder scheme offering shares at £20 each was taken up by 250 local people; the balance was raised through donations and fundraising initiatives. “If we’d lost the shop it would have been a major loss for many people in the Candover Valley. Rural isolation is a growing concern in villages, especially for the elderly and younger people who haven’t got a car,” explains Alison Ellett, a member of the shop’s committee. The village of Bledington in Gloucestershire also has residents…

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races on to find europe’s elite stayers

Insurance broker Weatherbys Hamilton has doubled the number of qualifying races for its Stayers’ Million series, launched last year to promote elite staying racehorses. The Dubai Gold Cup, the Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan, the International Oleader-Rennen at Berlin-Hoppegarten (12 May) and the Prix Vicomtesse Vigier at Longchamp (26 May) have been added to the four British qualifiers. Any horse that wins one of these races and then goes on to win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot (20 June), the Goodwood Cup at the Qatar Goodwood Festival (30 July) and the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup at York’s Ebor Festival (23 August), its owner, trainer, stable staff, breeder and jockey will share £1m. Last year’s winner, Stradivarius (pictured), trained by John Gosden, will be defending his title. “The challenge of the Million is…

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in brief

BRITISH CRAFTMAKERS ON SHOW The work of 26 British craftmakers is on show in the state rooms and gardens of Harewood House, Yorkshire, for a new exhibition titled Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters. Fox Umbrellas, ceramicist Lena Peters and Whitby glassmaker Effie Burns are among five Yorkshire-based exhibitors taking part. For details, call 0113 218 1010 or go to www.harewood.org CHEESE AWARDS More than 1,000 cheeses will be on show in the Exmoor Hall at the Royal Bath & West Show for the 2019 British Cheese Awards. After the judging on 29 May the cheeses will be on display for the rest of the four-day show. There are 124 classes with new awards for best block cheddar and best traditional cheddar added this year. Last year’s competition attracted entries from 148 cheesemakers from across…

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more native dog breeds at risk

A record number of British native dog breeds is deemed to be ‘vulnerable’ as fashionable breeds such as the French bulldog increase in popularity, warns the Kennel Club (KC). The Scottish terrier has entered the KC’s list of ‘At Watch’ breeds for the first time after registrations dropped to 438 last year. The breed has declined by 38% in the past five years, according to latest figures. Also in trouble is the Old English sheepdog, registrations falling to 318, a drop of 17% since 2017. The breed is just 18 registrations away from vulnerable status. Historic lows were also recorded for the bearded collie and Irish wolfhound (pictured), 274 and 239 registrations respectively, while the Irish red and white setter is worse, with just 51 registrations. “It’s such a shame that some of our…