The Field November 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.
in defence of fieldsports

THE joy of limb-weary, mud-splattered contentment that comes from a day spent in the field is the essence of what we do. In my particular den it runs along predictable lines: something stew-like bubbles on the warming plate; kit is cleaned amid ribbing about the day (missed birds, sketchy hedges, the outwitting by a trout). Sometimes there are resident smalls learning about parts of the gun as it is stripped down, or scrubbing at tack sitting on the floor with the gundog hustling in for an occasional pat. Debate is heated about what to cook with the birds hanging in the game larder (game pie with a juniper crust vs pheasant goujons), or whether to hot or cold smoke the fish. There is always time for reminiscences of a fabled…

1 min.

TALLY HO FACT CHECKING The GWCT has launched ‘What the Science Says’, a website challenging misinformation and misreporting of ecological science across the media, reports and manifestos. Visit: ELEVENSES The British Game Alliance has launched #BGABites, to celebrate shoots that are serving game at elevenses and encouraging more to do so. Search #BGABites on Twitter and Instagram. VIRTUAL HOUND SHOW The show must go on, said the International Virtual Hound Show, featuring more than 250 packs from seven countries in 30 virtual rings. It raised more than $100,000 for hunts globally. TUMBLERS RURAL CRIME The Countryside Alliance’s 2020 Rural Crime Survey reveals that one in four did not report rural crimes and 47% think the police don’t take rural crime seriously. RURAL SEATS The Labour Party holds just 17 of 199 rural seats in England and Wales. ‘The Elephant in…

1 min.
initiative to promote wild venison

A innovative working group has been formed across England and Wales to boost demand for wild venison. The Wild Venison Working Group, chaired by the Forestry Commission, has representation from stakeholders across the shooting, gamekeeping, woodland management and venison supply sectors and will collaborate with organisations in Scotland. Its aim is to strengthen existing markets and open new channels, while creating a certification scheme and associated brand with Grown in Britain. There are plans for a Wild Venison Week early next year. The UK deer population is now at its highest level for 1,000 years. David Hooton, Forestry Commission regional deer officer, said: “Reduced demand during 2019 and the devastating impact of coronavirus on the restaurant trade has left the venison market teetering at its lowest ever level.” “The wild venison group is…

1 min.
all english rivers fail pollution tests

Figures released by the Environment Agency reveal that all English rivers, lakes and streams have failed quality tests for pollution and just 14% are of good ecological standard. The results show no improvement since figures were last published in 2016. Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said it was “not comfortable reading”. “Water quality has plateaued since 2016,” said EA chair Emma Howard Boyd. “The lack of support from the government has resulted in the suffering of our waterways,” says Marina Gibson, founder of the Northern Fishing School and Angling Trust and Orvis ambassador. “It’s time to invest in updating sewage systems, protecting our banks from livestock, controlling predators and fining companies and individuals for polluting our waterways.” Dr Janina Gray, head of science and policy at Salmon & Trout Conservation, points to “the lack of…

1 min.
one good deed…

Inspired by this picture, which was taken during a hound walk, a supporter of the Ecclesfield Beagles has written a children’s book, The Naughtiest Beagle?, detailing the antics of the pack’s most disobedient hound, Duke. All profits from the book are going towards the upkeep of the beagles. The Naughtiest Beagle? costs £5 plus £2 P&P and is available via or contact Nottinghamshire Area Master Jamie Horner on 07812 241 864 or email: SPORTING COMPANIONS…

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field champions

Mark Cunliffe-Lister, Lord Masham - Chair of the Moorland Association (MA) The owner of the Swinton Estate became chair of the MA in May 2020. “I, like all members of the MA, am rightly proud of the moorland that I look after and manage… We must continue to highlight all the good work that we see on the ground, backed up with the science, and the multiple biodiversity and carbon-capture benefits it brings.” A particular area of focus will be “tackling the conflict of birds of prey and grouse moors”. His ‘Elysian’ moment’? “The walking days that my uncle organised when we were teenagers, which involved an armed walk around the moor edge with family and friends and a wide variety of game.”…