Hunting & Fishing
The Field

The Field July 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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12 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
thanking our country custodians

HOW incredibly fortuitous that the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed at the start of an utterly glorious spring, with nature at her most benign for decades. The dawn chorus was truly exuberant and wildflower growth breathtaking, with verges on country lanes gleaming white as wild parsley, stitchwort, white dead nettle and hawthorn came into blossom. Gorse, buttercups, meadow vetchling, cowslips, celandine, dandelions, yellow rattle and bird’s-foot trefoil threw a golden sheen across heaths, wood margins and meadows. Woodlands carpeted in bluebells, clusters of purple-flowered bittersweet, pink purslane, blue forget-me-nots, red campion, wood sorrel, blue speedwell, wild garlic and sweet woodruff, in their last flush of growth before the leaf canopy closes over them. A haze of yellow, pink or white blossom surrounded laburnum, ash, horse chestnut, crab apple, rowan, elder, sycamore or…

4 min.
art in the field

FOUR HUNDRED years after its inspiration, the art of Tanja Möderscheim has found its moment, even though she has only been painting since 2004. After taking an MSc in biology, Möderscheim started on a PhD, unaware of her talent. “I was studying for my PhD in neurophysiology but I was finding it quite stressful, so I started painting to relax,” she remembers. “Very quickly it became almost an obsession. It has gradually taken over until about three years ago I reached the point where I could resign from my job in the pharmaceutical industry and paint full time.” From the Netherlands but now living in London, Möderscheim was originally a botanist and scientist, so choice of subject matter was obvious. “In my painting I wanted to keep in touch with my…

1 min.
field at home

SOCIAL: MOST VIEWED Is black the best? Our article contesting the best labrador colour was ‘most viewed’ online this month, with each camp well represented. However, black ultimately reigned as Fielders’ favourite. “Black is definitely the best colour as there are usually lots of black labs at shoots. This means if my dog misbehaves, there is a fair chance another dog will cop the blame,” admitted one reader. “I’ve never seen a good chocolate or a bad fox red,” said another. Others eschewed colour as a guide. “A good dog is never a bad colour,” asserted one. “It’s in the breeding and training rather than the colour,” agreed another. Admiration for Skye (pictured) was universal. “I’ve switched from black to yellow,” said her owner. “I was open minded when searching – the priority was a…

1 min.
ten candidates for basc council seats

A doctor, an electrician, a leading firearms importer, a molecular biologist, an MP, a businessman, a shotgun coach and a lawyer are among the 10 candidates vying for two national seats in this year’s BASC council elections. Voting closes on 8 July with members encouraged to vote online at vote.ukevote.uk/basc. Candidate Karl Waktare (pictured), managing director of GMK, has worked in the gun trade for more than 25 years. “BASC is the most powerful voice in shooting and is driven by its Council. I believe I can add not only a voice for the trade, which I depend on for a living, but also some useful business experience. Shooting is always going to face challenges and I want to help in that fight,” he said. Shooting coach Duncan Greaves is standing again…

1 min.
in brief

PURDEY GUN HISTORY Purdey owners can discover the history of their gun through a service being offered by the maker. The firm has been numbering and recording all the guns and rifles it produces since it was founded in 1814. The heritage of each gun, any alterations made and changes of ownership are supplied as a two-page history certificate for £75. For details, visit: purdey.com/history-certifi cate CHURCHES MORE IMPORTANT A recent survey suggests the help churches provide to the local community will become more important following COVID-19. Seventy-five percent of the churches that responded carried out online services during lockdown and 82% made contact with isolated or vulnerable people, while 63% felt their church and the help it provides locally would be more essential in future. INCREASE IN GREY SQUIRRELS An increased culling programme for…

1 min.
raising funds for the rda at a gallop

Tom Dunlop, 14, son of racehorse trainer Harry Dunlop, has raised more than £2,500 for the local Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) group by using his COVID-19 exercise hour to run the Lambourn gallops, from 4½ to 10 furlongs, on all types of surface. “I got a bit bored and wanted to do something to help a charity and I thought about the RDA. My old hunting pony, Flicker, was used by a RDA rider and I saw how much happiness it gave to her,” said Tom. Jockey Club Estates, which owns and manages Lambourn gallops, gave its permission. And once Tom had completed all the Lambourn gallops, he got permission to run on nearby private gallops owned by Charlie Hills, Nicky Henderson, Henry Candy and Clive Cox, including the…