The Field February 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.

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4 min.
moving towards the light

THE start of February is invariably cold, misty and damp, expressed so succinctly by that splendidly onomatopoeic Scots word ‘dreich’. A dreich situation is one that has become dreary, monotonous, drawn-out and boring, which perfectly describes a winter that has gone on for too long and become detestable, both in terms of the weather and the endless tiers and lockdowns. With inland game shooting finishing on the first of the month, I think we should raise our hats in gratitude to all the gamekeepers and hunt servants for keeping everything going. They have adapted under extremely difficult circumstances created by COVID-19 restrictions and coped with ever-increasing persecution from single-issue animal rights fanatics, to provide us with wonderful days of sport and companionship, albeit not exactly what we are accustomed to. The…

1 min.
field in focus

BRIEFING TALLY HO SLEEPING BEAUTY AWAKES A plant last sighted in Norfolk a century ago has made a surprise comeback by the side of a pond in Heydon. Botanists believe the seeds of the pink-flowered grass-poly (Lythrum hyssopifolium) germinated after conservation work on the pond exposed them to the light. WHY WELSH IS BEST Research has found that Welsh beef and lamb produced using non-intensive methods are among the most sustainable in the world. SAVED FOR THE NATION Extensive repair work by the Blenheim estate has given a new lease of life to a Capability Brown waterfall, considered one of the prettiest in England. TO CONTACT THE NEWS DESK MESSAGE US VIA OUR SOCIAL CHANNELS OR SEND AN EMAIL TO CARLA.PASSINO@FUTURENET.COM…

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WATCH OUT FOR QUAGGAS Quagga mussel, an invasive, non-native species that suffocates other mussels, disrupts the aquatic ecosystem and clogs pipes, has been found at Rutland Water and in the River Trent in Lincolnshire. WHO’S A SMART BOY? A study revealed that dogs’ brains can’t distinguish between similar-sounding words, limiting their ability to recognise a wider vocabulary. However, the research was carried out on untrained pets, not workers. FAREWELL TO THE SNOW If greenhouse-gas emissions continue to rise, the Met Office suggests that, by the end of the century, snow may no longer settle across most of the UK.…

1 min.
heralding hen harrier recovery

The news that 60 hen harriers fledged in the UK in 2020 is cause for celebration. “It was the best breeding year in 20 years,” notes the GWCT’s Andrew Gilruth. DEFRA’s hen-harrier action plan played a key role in this recovery, with the brood-management scheme trialled in the north of England proving an effective tool. The technique consists of collecting eggs or chicks under licence when hen harrier numbers begin to build up and later releasing the fledged birds on a neighbouring moor. This helps preserve a balance between conservation and the viability of shooting businesses, which in turn ensures moors are not converted to less wildlife-friendly uses. With the birds now facing the challenge of winter, BASC has contributed to another of the programme’s cornerstones: Natural England’s winter roost monitoring scheme. “It…

1 min.
boosts to tree planting in england

In December, DEFRA announced two initiatives to boost tree planting across England this year. A £12.1m fund aims to plant more than 500 hectares in 10 Community Forests, while £3.9m will be used to establish new ways of planting trees in cities, towns and countryside. This includes £1.4m to fund ‘woodlands for water’, 15 projects to help protect our rivers and reduce the risk of flooding. Commenting on new approaches to planting outside traditional woodlands, Peter Smith, professor of soils and global change at the University of Aberdeen, said two options to be explored in the pilots – agroforestry and hedgerow planting – are especially effective ways for landowners to introduce trees into the landscape. Hedgerows are biodiversity havens and “with agroforestry, you provide shelter and increase carbon stock without affecting…

1 min.
one good deed…

SPORTING COMPANIONS THE LABRADOR, WHILE STOIC AND HEROIC IN THE FIELD, HAS A TENDENCY TO SWOON AT THE SOUND OF HIS MASTER’S VOICE An initiative to honour military dogs past and present needs help. Established in 2017, the National Military Working Dogs Memorial Charity ( is fundraising for a monument that will commemorate hero dogs from all the Armed Forces. The charity has collected £59,000 towards its £150,000 target, according to trustee Emma Ward, and there are many ways to support their efforts. “We welcome any fundraising activity, such as quizzes or bake sales, as well as donations directly on our website.”…