The Field January 2021

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
USD 6.87
USD 48.15
12 Números

en este número

4 min.
a rallying cry for 2021

I’VE decided to make it my mission to speak up for ordinary rural folk who depend on the countryside for their livelihoods and way of life. As we approach Christmas, country people will be out tending the rivers, hedges, woods and pathways that visitors to the countryside often take for granted. They don’t expect thanks but what worries me is these people are living under unprecedented threat. Gamekeepers and farmers continue to be vilified and harassed for doing the vital work they do. And it’s not just these primary countryside custodians, it’s the support acts, too. The pub staff, farm workers, plumbers, electricians and machinists. They used to be called ‘labourers’ and it’s a labour of love these folk are engaged in. The rural economy touches entire villages and communities, many of…

1 min.
field in focus

Initiatives to save our wild salmon Conservation bodies are stepping up efforts to muster public support in a bid to save wild Atlantic salmon. Too little has been done to stem the fish’s decline, according to Nick Measham of Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC). “It’s a keystone species and it’s severely threatened,” he said, explaining that it’s still classed as ‘of least concern’ on the IUCN’s Red List of Endangered Species. “The status hasn’t been looked at for 25 years,” he says. “The big problem with salmon is that they are fish, not cuddly animals – getting people to focus on them is hard. If we get their status reviewed and people realise how endangered salmon are, it should start to mobilise support. At the moment, it’s just fishermen that are concerned…

1 min.

TALLY HO THE REAL JOY OF SHOOTING Size doesn’t matter – or, at least, not as much as social life. According to a survey by property agent Savills, having fun with friends tops a gun’s wish list for a day’s shooting, ahead of quality of birds and hospitality. Bag size is at the bottom of the pile. CLARITY ON OLD GUNS The Government is redefining what constitutes an antique firearm, removing ambiguities that had been exploited previously by criminals. PHEASANTS V ADDERS Analysis from fact-checking resource What the Science Says has concluded that “there is no robust evidence” that pheasant releases are responsible for the decline in the UK’s adders. TUMBLERS THREAT TO BRITISH RIVERS The University of Sussex found that chemicals used in pet flea treatments are contaminating British waters. Highly toxic for insects, they also threaten wildlife…

1 min.
defra to issue new general licences

January sees the new general licences for wildlife management come into force. They replace the temporary ones that applied in 2019 and 2020, when the entire system underwent an 18-month review following a legal challenge launched by the Wild Justice group. Shooting, farming and countryside organisations have welcomed the new licences, which not only include all the birds covered by the temporary regime but also allow control to be carried out in protected areas. “It is clear Defra are trying to produce a licensing system that is legally watertight,” says Glynn Evans, BASC’s head of game and gundogs. However, he adds, “the conditions on the new licences are more complex” than in the past and people need to make sure they comply with them fully. His advice is to become…

1 min.
one good deed…

Charitable shopping is not just for Christmas. Having moved online because of coronavirus restrictions, the Dumfries Christmas Fair is keeping its virtual doors open until mid-February to raise as much money as possible for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent and the Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre. Online stallholders donate 10% of sale proceeds and the fair’s organisers are hoping that wider participation will help make up for funds that in previous years would have come from entry fees, raffles and tombolas (…

1 min.
field champions

Sam Carlisle, manager, the Countryside Alliance’s Campaign for Shooting “I’ve been the manager of the CA’s Campaign for Shooting for 18 months. The overarching goal is to secure the future of shooting, influencing public opinion and ensuring that the Government makes decisions based on science and good sense, not propaganda.” Elysian moment? “On the banks of a Scottish spate river, knowing that the water is just right and the pools are pulsing with salmon. This is all too rare an occurrence but surely nothing can match the anticipation.”…