Shooting Times & Country 09-Jun-2021

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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52 Números

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1 min.
knowledge is all

In Norfolk last weekend, in the back of a cupboard, I came upon a stuffed pair of grey partridges. Despite extensive moth damage, they were still handsome birds. While running my fingers over their charcoal feathers, I was reminded of a conversation I had last season with a Hampshire landowner. “I’m not sure if there were very many greys on my patch,” he said, as we headed for another redleg drive. “Who knows?” Most readers will know that Hampshire was once full of wild greys and that, in certain parts of the county, they are just about hanging on. The landowner was a lovely bloke and he adored his shoot, but I was slightly surprised that he couldn’t give me a more detailed answer. Of course, there is no law that…

2 min.
countryside jobs at risk as snp-green talks continue

Scotland’s rural workers are preparing for a fresh round of protests if a planned deal between the SNP and the Scottish Greens goes ahead (News, 12 May). Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that her party was in talks with the Greens but no further details have emerged yet. Anger among Scotland’s gamekeepers, stalkers, gillies and shepherds has been growing over the proposal. They believe such a deal would mean they lost their jobs and homes, and now they are considering the option of further protests. Scottish Gamekeepers Association chairman Alex Hogg set out how he sees the issue. “Putting a significant part of Scotland’s land and river working community on the dole, rather than engaging them, is a massive climate mistake,” he said. “And we hope, in the first 100 days of…

1 min.
antibiotic use falls by 42%

The use of antibiotics to treat gamebirds fell again last year, as game farmers and pheasant breeders continue to push down the unnecessary use of the compounds in feeds. The inappropriate use of antibiotics to treat animals is one of the key drivers behind the emerging problem of antibiotic resistance. Reducing their use in livestock has been a global priority. The latest figures show that use of antibiotics for gamebirds fell by 42% between 2019 and 2020. This continues a longer-term trend, and since 2016 the amount of antibiotics used for game farming has dropped by 70%. Among the medicines that scientists are keenest to reduce is Enrofloxacin, which is used to treat a common condition of gamebirds called ‘bulgy eye’. Enrofloxacin encourages the evolution of bacteria that are harmful to humans.…

1 min.
labour’s burning desire

An amendment tabled by Labour’s shadow environment minister Ruth Jones to bring a complete stop to all burning on peatland in England has been comprehensively defeated. Last year, changes were made by Government ministers to existing legislation that limits the burning of heather and grass on some areas of peat. However, the new clause that Ms Jones sought to insert into the Government’s Environment Bill would have banned burning of heather, rough grass, bracken, gorse and plants in the bilberry family on any upland area with any depth of peat soil. The vote proceeded on party lines with Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Caroline Lucas for the Greens voting in favour of the change. The Conservatives, the DUP and one independent MP voted against. Ian Coghill, the author of Moorland Matters, explained the…

1 min.
to do this week

ALERT Hit balsam hard, but leave knotweed alone. Himalayan balsam should now be evident in areas where it is growing. Hand-pulling is a very effective method of controlling this invasive weed, as is strimming. This should be done now before its seed ripens and turns black. However, the optimum time for Japanese knotweed is later in the year when spraying is much more effective. CHECK Take tick precautions. With vegetation now thick and the weather warm, it is approaching peak season for ticks. If you are in thick vegetation, wear long trousers and boots, and if you are regularly in areas with high tick numbers, consider tick-repellent clothing. Check yourself if you think you may have picked up a tick, remove it with a tick tool and keep an eye on the bite…

2 min.
wild justice launches further legal actions

Undeterred by its recent failures, campaign group Wild Justice has launched two more legal attempts to attack shooting. In a newsletter sent to its supporters, the campaign group said it was “revisiting our challenge to the legality of large-scale gamebird releases on or near sites of high conservation importance”, and that it was challenging the new regulations on upland burning introduced by Defra. The action so far has taken the form of formal legal letters sent to Defra and much will depend on how Defra chooses to respond. The first challenge relates to Defra’s decision to issue a general licence for gamebird releases on and around protected sites in England (News, 26 May). The licences, which were based on independent scientific study and established best practice, came into force at the beginning of…