The Field May 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.
an alliance to save salmon

IT is a human condition to hark back to halcyon days when catches of salmon were bountiful, whether that was in the 1960s, ’70s or even the Noughties. The issue is that salmon are like the weather, you get good years and bad years. To get an overview of what is actually happening you need to step back from the riverbank and look at the Atlantic. The clear view from around the north Atlantic, wherever salmon roam, is that from the mid-1980s – when figures were first collected from all countries – there were between eight and 10 million salmon at sea; today, that figure is between two and three million, with no indication that the decline is slowing. So do we give up? The answer must surely be a resounding…

1 min.
field in focus

BRIEFING TALLY HO FEEDING THE NATION Despite the logistical issues posed by lockdown, the Country Food Trust has delivered more than two million meals since the charity made its first country casserole in November 2015. UNAUTHORISED CAMPING CRACKDOWN Landowners have welcomed the Government’s decision to criminalise unauthorised encampments and enable police to arrest offenders and seize their vehicles. THE GREAT ESCAPE A derelict car park on Bodmin Moor is finding a new life as the world’s largest classical labyrinth. Made from traditional Cornish hedges, it will double up as a haven for pollinators. TUMBLERS ROAD RAGE The air, light and noise pollution generated by roads affects almost every corner of Britain, according to a new study, with consequences for human and wildlife health alike. MOTH DOWNTURN The number of Britain’s larger moths has dropped by a third between 1968 and 2017. To…

1 min.
hedgerows set to make a return

Hedgerows look set to take centre stage in Britain’s nature recovery plans after the introduction of incentives that promise to support their revival. Since World War II, hundreds of thousands of hedging miles have vanished. According to Crispin Truman of the CPRE, the Countryside Charity, “they have a huge role to play in dealing with climate change and in boosting biodiversity – they are wonderful habitats for birds, mammals and insects.” Another advantage, says Paul Hetherington of BugLife, is that, “allied to larger patches of good habitat, they can create functioning wildlife corridors”. In 2019, the Climate Change Committee recommended extending hedgerows by 40% by 2050. Now, the Government has announced two initiatives that should kickstart the process: the Local Authority Treescapes Fund, which makes £2.7m available in 2021 to plant trees…

1 min.
curlew recovery partnership

The future of curlew looks rosier after the launch, in March, of an initiative that brings together conservationists, farmers, landowners, gamekeepers and policymakers. The Curlew Recovery Partnership intends to “get people connected to vital contacts and advice”, according to its manager, Russell Wynn. It will also talk to DEFRA about including curlew-friendly activities within the upcoming Environmental Land Management Schemes and, in the longer term, look at how to join isolated curlew sites, monitor the effectiveness of different management actions and examine the root of the worst pressures on the species. A co-ordinated approach is critical to help save the bird. “There is increasing recognition that curlews require extensive landscapes to thrive,” explains Wynn. “Consequently, the development of farmer clusters or groups of landowners can really benefit curlews.”…

1 min.
one good deed…

SPORTING COMPANIONS WITH ITS WIRY COAT AND CONFIDENT MANNER, THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A BAD HARE DAY FOR A BORDER TERRIER The Farming Community Network (FCN) helps farmers and their families deal with issues ranging from animal disease to mental health. The charity’s 450 volunteers operate a helpline from 7am to 11pm every day (03000 111 999, FCN has also launched a website, FarmWell (, which provides information on business resilience and personal well-being. The charity relies on donations and fundraisers, so every contribution is welcome (…

1 min.
field champions

George Davis, chairman, Game Farmers’ Association Becoming GFA chairman has provided George Davis with “the opportunity to contribute my passion for game farming”, while bringing to the role “my respect for the huge number of individuals who contribute so much to what we all hold dear, and the dedication that comes from a life of farming”. Vision for the future? “One of my first priorities is to increase our membership and participation. Secondly, we need to continue supporting research projects, encouraging more trial work and data collection, and further develop our relationship with vets and other shooting organisations to create training and auditing systems that can be implemented practically on farm.” Elysian moment? “Spending time with friends out in the field is at the root of my happiest memories.”…