The Field October 2020

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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4 min.
unlicensed to kill

LAPWINGS, curlew and golden plover took a hammering in 2020 that in normal times would have been averted. Gamekeepers watched throughout the spring as herring and lesser black-backed gulls destroyed the eggs and chicks of these and other threatened birds. They could take no action because Natural England (NE) refused nearly all applications for gull control licences, other than for public safety and seaside towns. On 56 grouse moors, keepers recorded 1,355 such incidents. Scale that up for the attacks they didn’t see, or the countryside as a whole, and the total impact of gull predation on birds of conservation concern must have been immense. It was also unprecedented. In 2019, NE issued licences for killing 6,050 adult gulls and destroying 40,000 gull eggs. Before that, herring and lesser black-backed…

4 min.
art in the field

WHAT Is the difference between a chicken and an elephant? No, that’s not a schoolboy joke but something that feels surprisingly worth thinking about when viewing Knox Field’s two bronzes, one of an elephant and another of a hen with chicks, placed side by side. “At about 45cm high, the hen is actually slightly bigger than the elephant,” Field admits, humour not that far from his mind. “With the hen, I did want to put a bit of comedy into the scene, with her four little chicks that I imagine saying, ‘I don’t want to be a nugget.’” It turns out that, to an artist, the difference between a chicken and an elephant isn’t size but gravitas. Field explains: “Of all animals, the elephant is special. They have such expressive faces and…

1 min.
field notes

A report from the University of Northampton has estimated that grouse shooting contributes £67.7m per annum to the UK economy with the indirect benefits possibly as high as £2bn. Entitled ‘What impacts does integrated moorland management, including grouse shooting, have on moorland communities? A comparative study?’, it was conducted by Professor Simon Denny and Tracey Latham-Green. Moorland communities were found to benefit economically from grouse shooting directly through tourism and employment, and indirectly through estates’ investment in conservation and helping with stewardship schemes, which benefits local farmers. The 644 respondents reported a higher than average level of job security, despite being interviewed in the midst of the pandemic. A higher level of wellbeing and lower levels of loneliness were also reported. “Areas of upland England managed for grouse shooting were found to have strong and…

1 min.
point-to-point season starting early

Point-to-pointing is set to kick off on Saturday 24 October with the East Devon meeting at Bishops Court. This will be the earliest ever start to the season. This fixture is followed by the Ledbury at Maisemore Park (below) on the 25th, the Kimblewick at Kimble on 1 November, the Wheatland at Chaddesley Corbett on 8 November, and then the Dunsmore Club at Silverton and the South East Hunts Club at Charing, both on the 15th. Of the owners and trainers who responded to a Point-to-Point Authority (PPA) survey sent out in July, 54% wanted to start the season early. “The decision was not taken lightly, particularly as there are several factors which cannot as yet be fully quantified,” said Peter Wright, chief executive of the PPA. The PPA cannot see any reason…

1 min.
gamekeepers on film

A series of films showcasing the environmental, economic and conservation benefits of shooting sports has been launched by the NGO on YouTube, to inform a wider audience of the importance of keepering. Topics covered include: the history of rabbits; why predator control is important; woodland management; and, what is a gamekeeper. It is hoped that the shooting community will share the films via social media. Find them on the NGO’s official channel on YouTube. TO CONTAC TTHE OPENING SHOTS NEWS DESK SEND AN EMAIL TO SARAH.PRATLEY@FUTURENET.COM…

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new owners revamp famous fishing hotel

West Country fishing hotel The Arundell Arms has been sold after 60 years in the ownership of one family. The new owners, Simon Village and Arabella Monro, are revamping the 300-year-old former coaching inn in Lifton, on the banks of the Tamar. The cockpit (once used for cock fighting but now used as rod room) is being re-roofed and the public areas and bedrooms refurbished. “We intend to keep the best of the hotel and develop it to ensure it maintains its position as England’s leading country sports hotel,” said Village, a former mining engineer and banker, who now lives in Chagford, Devon. Adam Fox-Edwards took over the hotel from his mother, Anne Voss Bark, in 2010. During lockdown, the hamper business he set up in the hotel’s courtyard flourished, with orders…