The Field April 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
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12 Números

en este número

4 min.
replacing the hunting act

WHILE having a knife fight in a telephone box with the animal rights lobby, we forgot the deeper argument about country life and country sports. We forgot that we live in a free country. We forgot that we are a minority, too. And we forgot that those who like to talk about celebrating diversity can be politely held to account. The Dutch have an apt phrase for what’s happened, adjacent to our one about hitting the nail on the head. They say: “You missed the plank.” Rather than indulge in handwringing expressions about how ‘unfair’ it all is, we need to pick up the hammer. Now, our way of life hangs by a thread. Even more animal welfare legislation, rumoured to be even more discriminatory, is imminent. Fine. For starters, we…

1 min.

TALLY HO WHAT ARE THE ODDS? A portrait of racehorse Blakerigg – owned by David and Nicky Robinson – by equine photographer Emma Campbell, was overall winner in the Guild of Professional Photographers’ Image of the Year 2020. SNAILS ON THE UP Lockdown has made British home cooks more adventurous. According to Dorset Snails, sales of snails have increased by 250% since March 2020. LADY SHOOTING STARS Ellen Winters, 11, has been crowned BASC Lady Star of Shooting in the Target Shooting category. Other winners were underkeeper Amy Moore (Game and Gamekeeping) and Sue Critchley (Field to Fork). TUMBLERS SAVE THE WYE Pollution is threatening the River Wye ecosystem, according to charities Salmon & Trout Conservation and Fish Legal. They fear that Natural Resources Wales’ latest planning advice is inadequate to tackle the decline. GAMEKEEPERS ABUSED It is not only Scottish…

1 min.
red squirrels poised for recovery?

Hope may finally be in sight for Britain’s beleaguered red squirrels. Under threat from the larger greys, the number of reds has dropped to fewer than 287,000. However, “surveys show that the collective effort is currently ‘holding the line’ or has at least stabilised the losses,” says Stephen Trotter of the Red Squirrel Survival Trust (RSST). He adds that he is more optimistic than at any time since the 1990s. “In some places, red squirrels are recovering and expanding quickly, albeit on a small scale.” There are many reasons for this, not least the passion of the red-squirrel conservation community – from the RSST and UK Squirrel Accord to gamekeepers, woodland owners and professional rangers – and the tireless work of its volunteers, alongside support from DEFRA. Scientists are also working on new…

1 min.
bga now open to smaller shoots

Smaller shoots can now join the British Game Alliance as the board has introduced a new associated membership, open to shoots that release up to 1,500 birds a year and don’t sell game into the commercial food chain. Priced at £80, it enables smaller shoots to embrace independent assurance at a time when calls for licensing are intensifying and selfregulation is becoming vital (many sporting agents and shoot managers have committed to offering days exclusively on BGA member shoots from 2023). Associate membership dispenses with food-standard audits – needless for those who do not retail game meat – but still places “a self-regulatory shield” around the sport; according to the BGA’s Liam Stokes, adding “an investigative and punitive function” to the Code of Good Shooting Practice. “By launching this, we can bring…

1 min.
field champions

Neil Heseltine, chairman, Yorkshire Dales National Park Vision for the future? “The two most important factors [to address] are climate change and nature decline, and everything we do within the National Park’s five-year management plan has to have responsibility to both. It’s the overarching umbrella on top of everything else we’re trying to achieve.” A farmer and former rugby player, Heseltine believes his sporting experience serves him well in life. “Playing sport teaches life lessons: teamwork, working with people who have different perspectives and skillsets, all rubbing along to achieve a common goal.” Elysian moment? “What brings me the greatest enjoyment is the symbiotic relationship between farming and the environment around you.”…

1 min.
social spotlight

NATURE OR NURTURE? When asked whether the best hunting horses are bred or made, the majority of Fielders felt that nature alone is not enough. The votes were almost evenly split between those who thought you need both natural qualities and the right training and those who believed great horses are made. One Fielder went as far as to say: “Any horse can be a hunt horse, they just need manners and stamina, and to be fittened up correctly.” IT’S IN THE BLOOD Love for fieldsports seems to run within families – at least according to the Fielders who answered an Instagram question on who ignited their passion. Most mentioned their fathers, uncles, grandfathers and even great-uncles. The most poignant post came from a gentleman who recalled how it all happened for him:…