The Field October 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.
sense and sentience

IN 1822, the UK parliament passed the Cruel Treatment of Cattle Act, promoted by Irish fox-hunting MP ‘Humanity Dick’ Martin, which is the first recorded example of animal-welfare legislation anywhere in the world. In the 200 years that have followed, Britain has continued to lead the world on the welfare of animals and Parliament has passed reams of animal-welfare legislation that protects and therefore recognises the sentience of vertebrate animals and some invertebrates. However, in 2017, when ministers decided not to incorporate directly into UK law Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, which states that the EU and its member States “shall, since animals are sentient beings, pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals”, the Government was accused of denying that animals are…

1 min.
social spotlight

MINIATURE CHAMPION Determined small Milly Herdman clearing a hunt jump in West Percy country (from Make way for the young thrusters, August issue) received an enormous amount of Instagram likes and comments. “What a pony and gutsy rider!” raved one poster, with another adding: “Very brave, both of them”—much to the joy of the young rider’s mother, who declared herself “very proud”. We know who we’ll be following next season… FOWL PLAY Tessa Waugh’s claim that “chickens have become a status symbol in the way Agas were” (Ladies supplement, August issue) found widespread agreement, judging by the significant number of likes it received on Instagram. However, one dissenting voice piped up in the comments: “We had chickens. Happiest day of my life when that phase ended.” TRADING PLACES Jaws fell open at the sight of…

1 min.
best model for upland management

Moorland organisations have welcomed a study that shows grouse shooting is the best form of upland management. Published in August by the University of Northampton, the research compared different management models against the three sustainability criteria – economic, social and environmental – set by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It established that integrated moorland management, including driven-grouse shooting, supports ‘an increasingly rare assemblage of plants, animals and invertebrates’, such as mountain hares, curlew, lapwing, merlin and hen harriers. This didn’t come as a surprise to the Moorland Association’s Amanda Anderson. “The biodiversity benefits of grouse moors are well documented. This year, for example, nearly 80% of hen harrier nests are on grouse moors – testament to the work conducted year-round by land managers for the benefit of numerous birds…

1 min.
who’s eager for beavers?

Beavers could become a common sight in English streams, as the Government has launched a consultation on proposals to allow countrywide releases. According to Natural England’s chairman, Tony Juniper, their activity can improve water quality, support wildlife and reduce flood risks in some catchments, making it sensible to “look at how we might – in a managed and careful way – seek to reintroduce these beneficial effects”. Beaver-reintroduction licences would meet specific criteria, underpinned by risk-management tools. However, the plan could prove controversial. The NFU’s Claire Robinson says that beavers “can have serious implications on farmland, such as the ‘wetting up’ of high-grade arable land in lowland areas”. Nick Measham of Salmon & Trout Conservation adds that “much important research to assess the impact of beavers on fish across a wide range…

1 min.
one good deed…

Fish In Need: a group of fish lovers that includes angling author John Bailey, actor Paul Whitehouse (pictured), Farlows’ former chairman Richard Hewitt, lawyer Simon Clark and environmentalist Dr Mark Everard has set up a new conservation and education charity. Fish In Need (FIN) intends to revive, rescue and restore fish populations across the UK, supporting initiatives to improve freshwater habitats. “The idea is to award grants to anyone who has a worthwhile and credible project in mind,” says Bailey. For details, go to:…

1 min.
field champions

Eoghan Cameron, chairman, BASC, and co-chair Aim to Sustain How will you contribute to Aim to Sustain? “The role will involve driving the agenda and subsequent action towards accomplishing the partnership’s mission. Central to that will be building consensus and the appropriate application of partners’ expertise to pre-empt and efficiently address not just challenges but opportunities.” Vision for the future? “My focus, in addition to pressing ahead with Aim to Sustain, must be on continuing to ensure BASC emerges from the pandemic in a stronger position than ever.” Elysian moment? “Hind stalking near Kinlochleven, the most savage weather and exhausting terrain I have encountered. Below the summit of a Munro in horizontal snow, I shot my fifth beast for the day. Grinning from ear to ear, I thought: ‘Now this is what…