Hunting & Fishing
The Field

The Field May 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

5 min.
steeling ourselves for change

THOSE who recall the Countryside Alliance’s dogged defence of the use of lead shot when its former executive chairman sat on the Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) might wonder why it and other bodies representing shooting have now changed their minds and issued a joint statement calling for the use of lead shot on quarry to cease within five years. One reason is that they do not wish to fight a battle they do not think they can win; they cite “over-burdening legislative changes coming down the line as a result of work being undertaken by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)”. Another is to protect the sale of dead game domestically and abroad. Several supermarket chains here will only accept steel-shot game and the organisations fear that policy will become mandatory throughout…

4 min.
art in the field

THE art of the miniaturist invites us to look at the familiar in a new way by reimagining it on a different scale. In that tradition, Nick Orr’s work captures a whole day’s shooting in a single feather from one bird. This extraordinary inversion of the beauty of birds in flight expressed microscopically through sculpting a sole flight feather came about by chance. Orr explains: “I pick up on 40 or 50 days a year and process the birds. One day I was breasting out a pheasant and my daughter asked for some feathers. It made me look at them and see how beautiful they were and I thought what a waste not to create something with them.” Having had his 10% of inspiration, Orr now had to go through 90% of…

6 min.
field at home

Spend time with butterflies and bees Anyone with a garden or access to land can use this unusual time to grow closer to nature. Richard Fox at Butterfly Conservation suggests a few butterfly species to spot: “Brimstone, peacock, small tortoiseshell and red admiral are all getting active as the weather warms. The three common white butterflies (large, small and green-veined) are also a-wing, as are orange tips [pictured] and speckled wood. Look out too for the holly blue… in suburban or urban areas.” Butterfly Conservation chief executive Julie Williams said: “While it’s crucial that we all stay safe and take steps to keep ourselves and others physically well at the moment, it’s also important that we take care of our mental health, too. “Anxiety, isolation and feeling stuck at home can have detrimental effects…

2 min.
field at home

MOST VIEWED Sport abroad From Spanish partridges to Tuscan wild boar and crossing country with German bloodhounds celebrating 50 seasons, Fielders were delighted by stories of sport abroad in our February issue. “Fascinating article,” said one Fielder of Tenuta Aiola in Italy. “Especially loved the Fiat Panda 4x4.” “A future trip, think about the wine,” added another reader. “100% yes,” agreed one more. The Weser Vale bloodhounds were also much admired. “Fabulous photo, slobber and all!” INSTAGRAM Top turn out In the March issue, we joined the Two Bridges Hunt Club for its annual dinner and day’s sport, uniting Dartmoor’s four hunts: the Dartmoor, Mid Devon, South Devon and Spooners & West Dartmoor. Instagram Fielders were taken with this photograph of Tom Lyle MFH by Hamish Mitchell. “Well turned out for a day in the…

2 min.
new in the field

EMAIL ALEXANDRA.HENTON@TI-MEDIA.COM PHEASANT EGGS CLARENCE COURT A seasonal rarity, available April to June, weather dependent. Delicious and beautifully hued Price £4-£6, depending on retailer Tel 01249 735919 clarencecourt.co.uk PAINT FENWICK & TILBROOK High pigment, durable, water-based paint, made in Norfolk. Exceptional colour range and bespoke option, too (shown are Blakeney Point, Buried Treasure and Blackbird Egg). Price from £25 for 1 litre pure matt; other finishes and tin sizes available. Tel 01362 684125 fenwickandtilbrook.com FINE CHECK COTTON GOWN TURNBULL & ASSER Sunny cotton shirting twill with contrast piping. Made in Gloucestershire to an exclusive pattern. Elegant look when corralled at home. ♦ Price £365 ♦ Tel 020 7808 3138 ♦ turnbullandasser.co.uk EVERHOT 120 EVERHOT Efficient heat storage range cooker, with three ovens, well suited to running off renewable energy. Comes in new Dusky Blue and 18 others colours. ♦ Price £9,295 incl VAT ♦ Tel 01453 890018 ♦ everhot.co.uk BIOMETRIC PADLOCK MASTER LOCK Weatherproof, outdoor padlock with…

2 min.

ROW ONE Marcus Bullen; Sascha Holland, winner of Ladies’ High Gun; Julian Copeman, head of shooting at E J Churchill; Paulina Sengeridis; Georgina Menasche-Standen; James Thorn; Georgina Hall ON 7 March, EJ Churchill played host to the annual Varsity Match between Oxford and Cambridge universities. Undaunted by weeks of foul weather, a record-breaking 74 students, alumni and their guests took on a course of 100 English Sporting clays, followed by a 100-bird team flurry. Riding high on a three-year winning streak, the Oxford Men’s Blues Team was hot favourite. The Guns did not disappoint, seeing off a strong Cambridge team by 20 clays to win with a score of 418 out of 500, adding a fourth year to their winning streak and taking The Field Cup home yet again. The Oxford Ladies’ Blues…