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The Field

The Field March 2021

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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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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
time to remove the ‘but…’

WHEN people are passionate about something, it often gives rise to rumbling discontent. Since moving into the Editor’s saddle I have found that “but” is often used by way of qualification. “I’m keen on shooting, but…” Most suggestions are well meaning or jolly useful. Our passion for keeping the flame alight comes with the territory but can also set people at odds. Anyone who has ever sat on a country committee or fieldsports organisation board deserves a thankful nod; those who have managed a hunt committee might be in the running for a medal. Yet that “but” overshadows the future of our fieldsports and has gathered pace. A sound test for the state of the countryside has always been our letters pages and direct conversation, not the flimsy outrage of Twitter…

1 min.
briefing

TO CONTACT THE NEWS DESK MESSAGE US VIA OUR SOCIAL CHANNELS OR SEND AN EMAIL TO CARLA.PASSINO@FUTURENET.COM TALLY HO IT’S A HOOT A picture of a short-eared owl, taken by Peter Curran, has won a photo competition organised by the Moorland Association and Campaign for the Protection of Moorland Communities. SAVED FOR THE NATION A new scheme, using naturebased methods, will help protect from flooding the ruins of 12th-century Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire. They include planting trees, creating meadows and installing new ponds. FARMERS FOR THE FUTURE Farmers from 75 countries highlighted the contribution that small-scale agriculture can make to halt climate change and improve biodiversity at the Oxford Real Farming Conference. TUMBLERS HARASSED GAMEKEEPERS Scotland’s Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, Ben Macpherson MSP, has condemned the harassment of Scottish gamekeepers and promised to protect them…

1 min.
eat venison to preserve biodiversity

Appetite for venison has plunged as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, sparking concerns that this could ultimately affect the woodland ecosystem balance. Despite an increase in shop and supermarket sales, the majority of the meat goes to hospitality businesses, so their closure is having a huge impact. “We don’t know precisely how much UK demand has declined,” says Dick Playfair of Scottish Venison. “It will be significant: maybe by as much as 60%.” Some conservationists have raised the alarm that this drop could lead to a surfeit of deer, damaging trees, insects, woodland birds and even small mammals, such as the hazel dormouse. “People won’t shoot deer to waste,” says Martin Edwards of BASC. “Most of what we’ll shoot will go into the freezer – and my freezer is full up at…

1 min.
lockdown puppies need new homes

Growing numbers of puppies need to find a new home, as first-time owners struggle to cope with the responsibility of caring for a dog. Between October and December 2020, the Dogs Trust received 1,800 rehoming calls. Sarah Lee, of the Countryside Alliance, says: “We expect it to happen again after the latest lockdown. People have got these puppies in good faith, but I fear they haven’t thought long and hard enough about what it means for their lifestyle. If you get a puppy, it’s a 10- to 15-year commitment.” Lee stresses the challenge posed by working dogs: “They very much need exercise, otherwise they get bored and destructive, which isn’t good for anyone.” She advises experienced owners who are keen to adopt an unwanted puppy to turn to a legitimate rescue centre. Although…

1 min.
field champions

Sir Nicholas Soames, president of the South of England Agricultural Society: “It is my privilege as the president to support in every way that I can the tremendous work of the Society as a focus for agriculture in the South of England.” Vision for the future? “Immediate plans are to focus on reintroducing educational events for 2021 and producing the four seasonal shows, having proven with the Autumn Show and Game Fair that large, COVID-secure events are possible. A big change for the 2021 South of England Show will be to move the event to Friday-Sunday, to enable more of the general public to connect with their countryside.” Elysian moment? “I have been fortunate all my life to have lived in the country. I adored hunting as a child and grew up…

1 min.
social spotlight

TATTERED CHARM Is old kit better than new? It would definitely seem so, if the enthusiasm with which people responded to Andy Hook’s picture of a patched tweed jacket on Instagram is anything to go by. From the young man who wears his great-grandfather’s Barbour Solway to the lady whose husband inherited a Barbour jacket (from his father) and had it “patched, repaired and waxed more times than I’ve had hot dinners”, many shared the stories of treasured clothes that they have been wearing in the field for decades. But perhaps the most passionate about old kit is the Fielder who has been wearing a pair of “invincible” jodhpurs for 36 years and plans never to be parted from them: “I have included in my burial instructions that I must be…