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Benefits of shooting ‘cannot be ignored’

The British Association for shooting and Conservation has stated that the benefits of shooting ‘cannot be ignored’. BASC is highlighting independent research in The Value of Shooting report that shows people and places within a 15-mile radius of a shoot

Find wildfowling with BASC guide

A new wildfowling guide has been published by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation. The updated Wildfowling Permit Scheme, which is available online, details opportunities for people to try wildfowling, from experienced shooters to people who have never tried it before.

gwct_keepers advice

Keepers courses

The GWCT is holding a part-time keepers course for amateurs and professionals at its Allerton Project farm in Loddington in Leicestershire. It will be run by GWCTs advisors Mike Swan and Roger Draycott over the weekend of Friday 19 – Sunday

John Phillips (right) and his gamekeeper Stephen Jones at Far Hill Farm. More than 17 per cent of the farm is devoted to conservation with pollen and nectar mixes, wild bird seed crops, grass margins and lapwing plots producing vital food sources for insects and other wildlife

Going the extra mile: Cotswold Grey Partridge Trophy winner

John Phillips has won the 2013 Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Cotswold Grey Partridge Trophy for dedicating more than 17 per cent of his farm land to wildlife habitat.  Richard Benyon, a Berkshire MP, was the previous winner of the trophy, and

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

Different pictures: Despite biased reporting, both the birding and shooting communities are currently dealing with wildlife criminals
Photo: Nikkimaria

The enemy within

The RSPB Birdcrime report shows there are criminals among bird enthusiasts. Predator says it’s time they acted – while we have one of our own to deal with   This column doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to those

Larsen traps have special conditions under the General Licenses that cover the species they can be used for and the treatment of decoy birds

Licence to Kill

John Bryan emphasises the importance of being up to speed with the latest General Licences, and the conditions of use to look out for   Anyone involved in vermin control should be familiar with the broad legislation, such as the

Windfarms are here to stay – and enterprising land managers are finding ways to use them to a conservation advantage

Working with windfarms

Moorland development isn’t all bad news for birds, as Patrick Laurie explains, as windfarms can have some positive impacts on moorland management   Hundreds of thousands of hectares of moorland have been planted up with commercial woodland in the last

A relaxed day at the close of the season is a good way to introduce young or newer guns to the sport, and reward beaters or helpers

Dates for the diary

Shoot-day planning doesn’t have to cause a headache; Glynn Evans explains how he uses the shoot calendar to make the sport more inclusive for all   There are many notable dates in the shooting season; 12 August and Boxing Day

Vets

8: Iris pigmentation as seen in a cat (note the difference in the shape of the pupil) – iris cysts can look very similar

The eyes have it

A working dog needs good eyesight – Amira Nasim-Hopfer looks at some of the common problems dogs can encounter with their sight   This feature will discuss some of the common eye diseases seen in dogs. It is important to be familiar

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

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