Hunting & Fishing
The Field

The Field April 2020

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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in this issue

4 min.
the danger of a sentimental ban

THE UK Government’s proposal to ban the import and export of hunting trophies has caused much concern to those who live with wild animals and shoulder the financial burden of conserving them and their habitat. If enacted, it won’t just stop British hunters travelling abroad for legal, licensed hunting but also it will stop hunters coming to the UK to stalk wild deer. It seems to be based on sentiment relating to the term ‘trophy hunting’, rather than science. The term is misleading, encouraging the general public to view legal, licensed hunting as having only one objective: to hang a wild animal’s head on the wall. Nothing could be further from the truth. Safari hunting is all about the chance of the chase, respect for the animal, enjoyment of whole-some meat…

4 min.
art in the field

EQUESTRIAN art’s canvas version of the Dublin Horse Show has galloped into Chelsea and is now bucking and kicking in an exhibition at The Open Art Fair. It is a joyful explosion of ‘horseyness’. There are thoroughbreds, of course, nostrils flared and coats gleaming. And, just like the Dublin Show, there are posh hunters and show hacks, who are just as much status symbols as the racehorses. There is colour, there is glamour, and excitement, and nerves — and there are people. Is equestrian art about the horses or the people? Wherever horses take you, there are people to tell a story. If it’s the Derby at Epsom, there’s Prince Monolulu shouting: “I got a horse!” Or today’s version of Munnings’ gypsy rider will be pulling a colt out of the…

1 min.
field notes

On 1 April, Helen Benson set off from Castle Mey, near John O’Groats, on the first leg of her Conquering Castles Challenge in aid of the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust, which she runs. She is attempting to complete the ‘End to End’ – from John O’Groats to Land’s End – travelling by vehicles used by gamekeepers. On route she will be hoping aboard gun buses, quad bikes, Argocats, a Highland pony, a boat, a Series I Land Rover, an Austin A35 van, a tractor and a bicycle once used by a former keeper on the Sandringham estate. From Castle Mey in Caithness, Benson travels to Balmoral, then down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh before heading off to Carnarvon Castle in Wales, Highgrove House and then through the Duchy of Cornwall to…

1 min.
willow leaves good for lamb growth

Willow trees could help boost lamb growth, reveals research led by the Woodland Trust. The research sampled willow, alder and oak leaves from the GWCT’s Allerton Project in Leicestershire, the Organic Research Centre in Berkshire and Bangor University’s Henfaes research station last June and September. Willow leaves were found to have high levels of zinc and cobalt. “Lambs tend to perform well in the spring because they are still getting the ewe’s milk, but as they take less and you go into the dry summer period there’s an issue because the cobalt levels in grass begin to deteriorate,” said Dr Nigel Kendall, a lecturer in nutrition at the University of Nottingham’s veterinary school. “This means growth can slow or stop all together but by providing access to willow leaves farmers can…

1 min.
in brief

NEW POINT-TO-POINT SERIES A new 16-race point-to-point series aimed at owner-trainers culminates at Godstone, near Oxted, in Surrey on 3 May. All horses that complete any race qualify for the final. The series, sponsored by the Oriental Club, gives more opportunities for the volunteers who organise fixtures to run their own horses competitively. SUSSEX CATTLE CLUB LAUNCHED A club has been launched to promote traditional, pure-bred Sussex cattle. Founded by Earl De La Warr, who has one of the largest herds on his Buckhurst estate in East Sussex, the club will help farmers source bulls, expand numbers and find new markets for the meat. “This is one of the oldest breeds of cattle in the country,” said Lord De La Warr, “but it is believed there are only 160 traditional breeding cattle left.” SALMON…

1 min.
northumberland garden to be restored

The gardens surrounding Belsay Hall in Northumberland are being rejuvenated, the hall’s roof repaired and an outdoor classroom created in a £5.5m restoration that starts this spring. One of English Heritage’s most popular properties in the North-East, Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens was created by the Middleton family over seven centuries. The 14th-century pele tower has a Jacobean mansion wing addition and an elegant classical Greek revival villa designed in 1807 by Sir Charles Monck (formerly Middleton). A pioneering plantsman, Sir Charles created 20 acres of gardens surrounding the castle and hall. His grandson, Sir Arthur Middleton, continued his work, filling the quarry garden with exotic species and adding the winter garden, yew garden and magnolia terrace. “This project aims to restore lost views and garden features, design and rejuvenate the important plant…