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Shooting Times & Country

Shooting Times & Country


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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a farewell song?

Last week, on what must have been the hottest day of the year so far, I went to Suffolk in the hope of seeing some turtledoves. Many East Anglian readers will probably know of Graham Denny and the luckiest may have even faced his infamous partridges. Not long after arriving, I heard that purring sound of summer in the trees while drinking a cup of coffee in the yard. Looking up, I saw one of Britain’s last turtledoves perched in an old willow. Then, we set off round the field to check the traps. Halfway along a dense patch of bramble, Graham stopped and pointed into the scrub. “There’s a nest of long-tailed tits in there. See the two yellow bills?” It took me a while but eventually I made out a…

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rspb claims big lockdown rise in raptor persecution

Shooting organisations have hit back angrily at RSPB claims that the illegal persecution of birds of prey has spiked during lockdown. In a blog that was widely reported in national newspapers, the charity claimed that, “It is clear that criminals on some sporting estates, both in the uplands and lowlands, have used the wider closure of the countryside as an opportunity to ramp up their efforts to kill birds of prey.” The charity published a table of 56 incidents, which it claimed provided evidence to support the claim. However the table only showed 16 confirmed incidents with the remainder being recorded as ‘suspected’ or ‘other’. It even included four cases in which no dead bird was found. It also did not give the numbers of dead raptors found for the same period in…

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study backs peat burning

In a boost for advocates of traditional grouse moor management, a recently published study on the effect of fire on peat has found that burning peatland vegetation helps the soil store carbon. Peatland habitats have traditionally been burned in the UK to regenerate plants such as heather. However, in recent years, the practice has been criticised by some who claim it increases CO2 emissions. The four scientists, from the USA and Switzerland, looked at how fire affected the structure of peat at sites in Minnesota, North Carolina, Florida and Peru. They removed samples from each of the sites and subjected them to simulated fires. They then examined the effect of the simulated burns on the chemical and biological composition of the peat. They found that peat that was subject to a simulated…

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a fine time for englishmen

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) is urging gamekeepers and land managers to get out and count grey partridges. The Trust, which is considered a world-leading authority on the birds, uses data collected by volunteers during spring and autumn to assess how many birds are breeding and how successful they have been . “I would strongly encourage anyone who has signed up for the Partridge Count Scheme to get out into the fresh air, see some wildlife and count partridges on your land while there is still time this spring. For those who have already done so, please do not forget to return your count form to us,” said the GWCT’s head of project, Julie Ewald. Gamekeeper Ed Coles, who works in the birds’ traditional heartlands in eastern England, is hopeful…

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to do this week

ALERT Watch out for Asian hornets. BASC is renewing its warning to look out for these giant insects, which are a serious threat to native pollinators. Any sightings should be reported immediately to DEFRA. A guide to identifying Asian hornets is available in the news section of the BASC website. FISHING Cast a dry fly for trout. The end of May and start of June is the height of the traditional dry-fly trout-fishing season, often using imitations of the ephemera, better known as mayflies. A dry fly cast upstream is one of the most traditional but also one of the most effective ways of targeting large and wary fish. Mayfly imitations are almost as varied as the flys themselves, but the ‘Adams’ patterns are a consistent favourite.…

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the gwct launches appeal for vital funds

The scale of the funding challenge faced by the GWCT has been confirmed in a letter to members from the Trust’s chief executive, Teresa Dent CBE. The Trust was widely rumoured to be in significant difficulty after the cancellation of its spring fund-raising events and the loss of paid work due to the COVID-19 crisis. In the letter, Ms Dent said: “We don’t know what the next few months will bring. The immediate impact on the Trust is likely to be a loss of £1m, which is 15% of our projected income. Income may fall considerably for some time, so trustees have taken measures to protect future activity. Sadly, we have already had to place many staff on furlough and reduce most others to a four-day week.” Accounts filed with the Charity Commission…