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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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1 min.
duck and thrive

Last week I received a text from my mother to tell me she’d seen 11 ‘very big ducklings’ on a pond I built some years ago. It was the best news I’d received in days. Every spring up until now, the routine is the same. A duck is spotted with a clutch of little balls of fluff and over the next few weeks, the numbers dwindle as predators pick them off until only the childless mother remains. In many ways, the reason it saddens me so much is that I feel I should be there, tackling the marauding corvids, but due to the Shooting Times office being 369 miles south, it isn’t possible. While wandering around the kitchen, thinking about the news, I remembered that last year, I shot eight mallard in…

2 min.
hen harriers able to thrive on keepered moorland

“Ground-nesting raptors increased during periods of grouse-moor management” The importance of gamekeepers in helping the country’s birds of prey has been reiterated by a newly-published study. The experts, who included RSPB and GWCT scientists, examined the connection between hen harrier and merlin numbers and gamekeeping on Langholm moor in South-West Scotland. Populations of the birds were studied at times when the moor was being managed for grouse and when it was not. The scientists found that: “Ground-nesting raptors, namely the hen harrier and the merlin, increased during periods of grouse-moor management and had a higher proportion of successful nesting attempts.” Fox and crow numbers were significantly reduced on the moor by the work of gamekeepers, however, the number of small birds such as meadow pipit did not increase. This allowed the scientists…

1 min.
capercaillie rescue mission

Gamekeepers are being brought in in an attempt to save one of the UK’s most endangered birds, the capercaillie. There are now believed to be fewer than 1,000 of the birds remaining in the wild. Habitat fragmentation has been identified as the key cause, however foxes and crows raiding nests is another major factor. Now, part of a £2m grant will be spent on employing skilled gamekeepers to reduce predator populations. The efforts of gamekeepers working on Seafield and Strathspey Estates are likely to be of great significance as the land is currently home to 20% of the UK’s entire population of the birds. Seasonal gamekeepers will also be funded at Rothiemurchus Estate in a bid to cement and grow any existing populations. Ewan Archer, head gamekeeper at Kinveachy, a part of Seafield and Strathspey…

1 min.
orkney stoat trap shock

The RSPB has been severely criticised after decaying stoats were found in traps operated by the charity on the Orkney Islands. The traps were set as part of the RSPB-led Orkney Native Wildlife Project, which aims to eradicate stoats from the islands. However, local residents were shocked to find the bodies of stoats left to rot in the traps, suggesting they had been left unchecked for weeks. Critics said that not only does this raise welfare issues as stoats may have been left in an injured state, it also suggests that the traps used on the multi- million-pound project are not being operated efficiently. A spokesperson for the RSPB told Shooting Times: “As the project is not related to food production or medical needs, it did not qualify as essential work and…

1 min.
to do this week

SUPPORT Keep a close eye on young birds. Young pheasant poults are vulnerable to disease, especially during periods of wet weather. Early detection of problems is key to preventing a serious outbreak. Warning signs include runny faeces and lethargic birds. If you are in any doubt contact your vet immediately. CHECK Don’t hurry to reclaim your outhouses and eaves from visiting swallows and martins. Most swallows will now have fledged their first brood of chicks, however, given the chance many will have another. As far as possible leave them undisturbed and certainly don’t attempt to remove nests.…

2 min.
eu lead ban looms 100m from wetlands

“BASC opposes these proposals as being overly restrictive and precautionary” The EU is considering legislation that would further restrict the use of lead ammunition. The new rules would cover the European Economic Area, which includes Norway and Switzerland as well as the EU, and would ban the use or possession of lead ammunition within 100 metres of a ‘wetland area’. This change, which could become part of the EU’s REACH regulations framework, would considerably exceed current UK legislation. The proposed legislation does not define the term ‘wetland’, however, the majority of EU member states use the definition from the Ramsar convention: ‘areas of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt’. If, as seems likely, this definition was…