As an RSPB member, I dialled into its virtual AGM this year on 10 October, awaiting news of the outcome of the charity’s consultation on game bird shooting. RSPB’s council had already signed off the policy changes that were going to be announced at the AGM, but there was no advance news of what would be announced. In a highly unusual information vacuum, all eyes really were on the AGM for first sight of the direction of travel.
As RSPB chairman Kevin Cox began to read out his statement live on screen, I was wondering whether the overview was going to be emotive and combative or whether the message would be rational and evidenced-based. In the end, it was a very mixed message. A series of demands and deadlines were issued without much clarity or evidence around the alleged negative environmental impact of shooting.
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RSPB gives mixed message on shooting
Having recently attended the RSPB’s virtual AGM, Conor O’Gorman discusses the outcome of the charity’s year-long review of game bird shooting
Causeway for concern
Alan Jarrett’s renewed interest in reading takes him down memory lane to an offshore island duck flight that very nearly ended in disaster
Through a purple patch
The Garrows Estate is taking a conservation-focused approach to restoring the wildlife populations and biodiversity on the Scottish heather moorland.
When the wheels fall off
Losing form on a day’s shooting can be infuriating, especially if you’ve been shooting like a god up to that point. Simon O’Leary looks at some common causes and how to remedy them
Beaches, books & bad behaviour!
The annual Kay family vacation to Northumberland offers a chance to give the cockers a blast on the beach – although they don’t always shower themselves in glory, as Ryan Kay recalls...
Using the Stop whistle
Now you’ve instilled the basics, it’s time to up the ante with some more tricky distance work. Howard Kirby explains how to take the core Stop whistle command to the next level
The humble teal
They may be tiny, but as far as Rupert Butler is concerned, the appeal of this little duck is huge. He recalls some of his most memorable nights in pursuit of these aerial acrobats
Mike is impressed with the Fabarm Elos B2 Field Notte, which offers great value for money, is suited to fieldwork or clays and is future-proofed for use with steel in all choke constrictions
CALL OF THE WILD
Dom Holtam reconnects with one of the purest forms of shotgun shooting as he walks-up woodcock over pointing dogs in the Scottish Highlands
A yen for the Fens
Tony Jackson recounts a memorable duck flight over an area of Fenland in Norfolk with his friend and author, the late Alan Savory
GETTING INVOLVED IN THE HELICOPTER BOMBARDMENT OF A REMOTE ISLAND… ALL IN THE NAME OF A WAR AGAINST MICE
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The golden eagle has landed
Already firmly established in the Highlands, these majestic raptors are now being reintroduced in southern Scotland. Joe Gibbs investigates their reception and the repercussions
Keepers help in fight against egg collectors
Richard Negus investigates cases of illegal raids on wild bird nests and learns that fieldsports is uniquely placed to thwart the thieves
Aim to Sustain promises to provide a strong and supportive voice on a nationwide platform, promoting and defending shooting interests
Aim to Sustain — a single voice for game shooting
A partnership of rural and field sports groups aims to secure the future of our sport and more effectively highlight its invaluable contributions
Campaign group misleads on grouse shooting ‘ban'
As an animal rights activist celebrates a ‘victory’ over grouse shooting, Yorkshire Water denies it is phasing out sporting tenancies on its land
Aim to Sustain our way of life
Rural groups are joining forces to safeguard the future of shooting, says Richard Negus
GROUSE-MOOR MANAGEMENT: A BURNING ISSUE
Is controlled rotational burning an important tool to preserve moorland, prevent wildfires and keep carbon in the soil – or should we ‘ban the burn’?
Shooting Groups Defend Progress On Lead Transition
BASC has rebuffed criticism that there is a lack of commitment to the move towards non-toxic shot and says good headway has been made