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Sporting Gun June 2019

Sporting Gun is the leading monthly magazine for clay, game and rough shooters. With editorial offices in the Lincolnshire countryside, it can justifiably claim to be at the heart of the shooting community. Monthly features range from gundog training to pigeon shooting, game shooting to wildfowling – along with sound, practical, advice on equipment and techniques to help the beginner, intermediate or experienced shot get more enjoyment from their sport. Sporting Gun is a must for anyone who invests time in and money on their shooting.

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packham group mounts licences legal challenge

A newly established campaign group called Wild Justice is to challenge the issue of general licences. The group, which counts TV presenter Chris Packham as its most high-profile member, was established in February to seek changes to the law. Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, Natural Resources Wales and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland issue general licences annually. They allow anyone to kill certain species of bird to protect crops and livestock, to prevent damage and disease, and to protect the environment. In a statement, Wild Justice said: “We contend that it is the licensing authority’s (Natural England’s) legal responsibility to satisfy itself that killing these birds is an appropriate last resort. However, in the general licences issued on 1 January 2019, Natural England ducks its responsibility…

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a few weeks ago i was staying at my mother’s house in the north-east of scotland. while casually observing her garden from my bedroom window, i noticed something i had never seen before.

A magpie swept down onto the lawn. My mother has lived there for 30 years and has never seen magpies in her garden, so I was surprised to hear from her that they had ‘moved in’ a few weeks ago. A few days earlier, I was remarking to her about the absence of songbirds in her garden – a stark contrast to when I was young. I now know what happened to them. Magpies and corvids play their part in nature but I have noticed that since the estate there has ceased rearing game, the number of vermin has increased massively. It has pushed out other wildlife, which is good news for corvids and pigeons but not so good for the diversity of wildlife. In this month’s issue, Robin Scott and Charles Smith-Jones…

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activists target game farms

Game farms have been put on alert following direct action by animal rights activists. Activists released about 6,000 birds from two farms in Wiltshire and Cornwall following two recent overnight raids. The attacks were filmed and videos of them released online. The Animal Liberation Front is thought to be behind the raids, though police are yet to make any arrests. Dorset Police has said it is aware of animal rights activists investigating farms in the south-west and that farmers should contact police if they discover trespassers asking to buy livestock to ‘rescue’, filming or “any other similar incident”. Following the raids, Facebook has removed a map from its site published by activists showing the location of nearly 100 game farms throughout the country. Supporters of BASC and the Countryside Alliance had put pressure on…

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record year for bird count

The Big Farmland Bird Count had its most productive year with a record number of species spotted and increased participation. The count, organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), saw 140 species recorded over a million acres. A total of 30 red-listed species were logged, with five appearing on the most-commonly-seen species list. These included fieldfares, starlings, house sparrows, yellowhammers and song thrushes, with the first four seen by more than 30% of the farms taking part. The five most abundant birds seen were woodpigeons, starlings, lapwings, rooks and black-headed gulls. A total of 148,661 were found, making up nearly 50% of the total number of birds recorded. A total of 1,400 people took part in the count, an increase of 40% on 2018. The count was launched in 2014 to…

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lifeline for hen harriers

Hen harriers will take to the skies once more in southern England due to a new initiative. The endangered bird of prey is to be reintroduced to a site on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, in a project co-ordinated by Natural England on behalf of Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (Defra). The project is part of a six-point recovery plan for the birds following a battle to save it from extinction in the north. Hen harriers have suffered dramatic falls in numbers in their natural habitats on moorland areas in Britain, with persecution being cited as a prominent factor in their decline. A study by an international team of scientists recently confirmed that more than 70% of the birds on grouse moors in northern England had been killed illegally over the…

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events

4 May NGO Team Flush Six Mile Bottom Shoot, Suffolk, www.nationalgamekeepers.org.uk 4-5 May The Whitfield Annual Clay Shoot Whitfield Estate, Northumberland www.whitfieldclays.co.uk 11-12 May Northern Shooting Show Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate, North Yorkshire www.northernshootingshow.co.uk 9 June The Northwest Clay Shoot Penbedw Estate, Flintshire www.countryside-alliance.org/events/ northwest 19-23 June Jack Pyke English Open Sporting Targets Bedfordshire www.sportingtargets.co.uk/shoot/ competitions 27 June Singles Clay Shoot Pittodrie House, Inverurie www.jommevents.com…

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