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Dominic Maddox accepts his prize of a top rifle scope and pair of binoculars from Zeiss representative Mark Karn

Student takes top DSC1 prize

Dominic Maddox of Sparsholt College has won a top-of-the-range pair of binoculars and a rifle scope from Zeiss as part of the college’s DSC1 course. While the course is open to both students and external candidates, the prize is only awarded to

Marks and Spencer withdraws grouse from sale

High-street store Marks and Spencer has withdrawn plans to sell red grouse. A boycott had been threatened over allegations that grouse moor gamekeepers were illegally persecuting birds of prey, despite the fact that grouse was hugely popular when it went on sale in M&S stores

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Defra: Publish Joint Hen Harrier Recovery Plan

The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Moorland Association, the Countryside Alliance and the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation, alongside other countryside organisations and figures, have united in calling for Defra to publish the Joint Hen Harrier Recovery Plan. The plan could have been

Northern Ireland fee increase proposal

The Northern Ireland Department of Justice has been urged to ‘rethink’ proposals that would significantly increase firearms licensing fees. An individual certificate would rise from £50 to £100, and a dealer’s certificate would rise from £150 to £300, though the

Viewpoint

Conflict of principles

Tim Bonner fears an EU attempt to crack down on firearms crime will disproportionally hit legitimate gun owners, as targeting illegal weapons contradicts its own rules on free movement   Cecilia Malmström may not be a name you are instantly

Re-wilding Woes

Tim Bonner explains that, while the re-wilding theory has its good points, taking it to its conclusion is both impractical and potentially problematic   The debate surrounding re-wilding in Britain has been growing for some time now. As a result,

The Shooting Show

Public perception

Editor in chief Pete Carr looks at the YouTube phenomenon, and the responsibility of posting ethical shooting content on line.   You might remember internet TV wildlife presenter Melissa Bachman – who presents American hunting show Winchester Deadly Passion – posted

The composition of the metal fragments contained Niobium – an element not contained in any known ammunition or shot

Behind the headlines

When the ‘Bowland Betty’ autopsy report was released for analysis, Tim Bonner says there were elements that deserved further scrutiny There is nothing worse than a wild animal with a name. Remember the nonsense talked about an Exmoor red deer

Features

Sugar beet fields can make excellent alternative drives, especially if fed a little wheat and driven in sections

Beet and Geese

Glynn Evans looks at the benefits farm crops can bring to both released and wild game, and the drives and flights that can result    For many pheasant shoots a reasonable amount of woodland is usually a prerequisite, but in

Warring factions: The RSPB reported the North West Raptor Group for disturbing a peregrine nest, though relations have been less than cordial for a while

Bird Botherers

Predator wonders why it’s ok for some people to disturb nesting birds of prey, regardless of the consequences   The eco-zealots are forever telling us to leave nature alone. It will find its own balance they say, pointing out in

It is important to collect and dispose of dead rodents as soon as possible to prevent the poison passing into the food chain

Another man’s poison

Poison is an important element of rodent control, but be careful how you use it, says John Bryan   Keeping on top of the rat population is an essential part of vermin control, and we all know how quickly they

Cut heather on a brisk management scheme can offer good, productive regrowth

Cut to the heart of the matter

Patrick Laurie examines the advantages of heather cutting, and its varied applications in moorland management and conservation projects   Burning heather is an iconic management technique, but it can also be politically loaded. Regardless of the benefits and sustainability of

Vets

A radiograph of the pelvis and hip joint in a young dog shows hip dysplasia – the femoral head is rotated outwards

Dysplasia and dislocations

Hip conditions can be common in working breeds – Amira Nasim-Hopfer explains how to spot and manage some of the problems your dog might encounter   The canine hip, which is also known as the coxofemoral joint, is a ball

Dogs may continue to want to work even with a sore mouth – look for dropped retrivals or holding on one side of the mouth to indicate a problem

Tooth troubles

Dental care is vital for a healthy dog, says Amira Nasim-Hopfer, and problems aren’t always immediately apparent   Not many people enjoy going to the dentist, but we all know how painful a bad tooth can be. This article will

Sarcina’s cube-like shape led to the belief that it was crystalline in nature

Present-shaped presence

My latest clinical contribution this season is a look at what may be an emerging disease. It follows the identification of a bacteria found in the gut of game birds, which has not been recognised or described accurately in the

A dog looking depressed, dehydrated and in discomfort can often be the first signs

Canine Pyometra

This article will look at a disease called pyometra, which stems from the Greek meaning “pus in the uterus”. It is a chronic inflammatory disease with an acute manifestation seen predominantly in entire older bitches. Synonyms include purulent endometritis, purulent

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