The Field July 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
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12 Números

en este número

4 min.
facing the elements

FOR true sporting sorts the things we enjoy have inherent risk attached. We’re not a tribe to take cosseting comfortably. Just take the standard country morning routine – which varies in the finer details but is repeated in counties nationwide. Our current morning routine involves running the gauntlet of rioting hound puppies at walk, chicken runs and livestock bumper cars as we perambulate our perimeters (disorderly pack at heel) noting down jobs to add to the Sisyphean task list (rail down, gap in hedge to be filled, gate to reset etc). There are ponies to muck out and ride, sometimes a spot of pest control and the gundog to train (hound puppies derailing current operations for the latter). All this before the working day begins in earnest. This process is…

1 min.

TALLY HO A ROSE TO REMEMBER A new, double-flowered rose from Harkness Roses pays tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh; £2.50 from each sale will be donated to the DofE Award Living Legacy Fund. ADVENTUROUS GIN A gin made using water from the spring that supplied the ships of Captain Cook and Sir John Franklin will help raise funds for an expedition attempting to row 3,700km through the Northwest Passage ( CARDS FOR A GOOD CAUSE Publisher Draw UK is donating 10% from every farm-shop sale of George Ashton-Jones’ Compost Heap cards to the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs. TUMBLERS OUT OF POCKET Landowners letting their land to telecom networks have lost an estimated £44.3m per year in income since the introduction of the Electronic Communications Code in 2017, according to the Centre for Economics and Business…

1 min.
curlew concerns

Curlew Country’s annual Curlew Cam, which gives people the opportunity to see chicks hatch and eventually fledge in early June, has once again put the spotlight on the plight of this beloved species. Although Curlew Country has managed to stem the birds’ decline in the Shropshire Hills, the outlook across the UK is far from rosy. “The prospects are as dire as they’ve ever been; we have lost about 50% of breeding curlew in 25 years,” says Amanda Perkins of Curlew Country. The UK, adds Samantha Franks of the British Trust for Ornithology, is internationally important for breeding curlew, so “we have a global imperative to turn their fortunes around”. The main causes of the wader’s disappearance are habitat loss, predators and some agricultural practices. “Providing good habitats is the number one priority,”…

1 min.
the eyes have it, says salmon research

Eyes and ears could hold the key to salmon’s survival. Researchers from the University of Essex, the University of Southampton and the Missing Salmon Alliance are examining the tissues in these organs in a bid to discover the reasons for the species’ decline. “Rather like patterns of growth rings in tree trunks, the tissues laid down by growing fish into their ear bones and eye lenses can be matched up to a particular time and place in their history,” says Dr Colin Bull of the Missing Salmon Alliance. “This research holds amazing potential for us to uncover the marine migration locations and conditions experienced by surviving Atlantic salmon and develop new sampling programmes that allow us to look for why some salmon are surviving, whilst others are not.” The Missing Salmon Alliance…

1 min.
field champions

Martin Parker, head of firearms, BASC A forensic scientist, Martin Parker has unparalleled knowledge of firearms and the intricate laws that regulate them. A sporting Gun in his younger years, he’s looking forward to getting back into the field but, until then, he loves birdwatching, particularly on Islay, in Scotland. “I’m a big whisky fan and Islay has nine distilleries but also the most amazing birdlife.” Vision for the future: His top priority is to create a stronger relationship with the police. “There’s an element of ‘them and us’ at the moment, but, in my view, we have a common goal – achieving public safety while keeping bureaucracy at a minimum.” Elysian moment: “Ten years ago, a golden eagle flew right over me. There were thousands of geese in the nearby field and…

1 min.
social spotlight

DOWN MEMORY LANE An evocative hunting picture by Trevor Meeks sparked an Instagram discussion on what hunting means to Fielders. Some saw it as a cornerstone of British tradition, with one poster even calling it “British civilisation”. Others viewed it as a beacon of liberty and “freedom of choice” or a symbol of “happiness” and “excitement”. But for many, it was all about cherished memories with one gentlemen in particular reminiscing about “growing up around the hunt”. CARE FOR CURLEWS Just as conservationists were talking to The Field about the threat to the curlew’s survival, posters on Instagram were celebrating the beauty of this iconic bird, with one in particular wistfully calling them the “soundtrack to my youth”. But a feisty estate manager pointed out that we shouldn’t resign ourselves to the wader’s…