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A Festive Feast – Christmas Mallard

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The Game Chef visits Berry Bros. & Rudd to celebrate the season with glorious game and perfect wine accompaniments   The dish eats well with all the usual Christmas accompaniments, and don’t neglect the sticky soft orange slices. Having lazed for hours under the duck, absorbing the slowly reducing juices, they are glorious! Serves 4…

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A tribute to Jill Grieve

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Yesterday Alliance staff from the entire 21 year history of the organisation gathered in Aldershot to remember our dear colleague Jill Grieve who died earlier this month. Jill joined the Alliance in 1999 as a press officer and for nearly everyone who has worked for the organisation she…

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Heritage and History

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Camilla Swift delves into The Greyhound and the Hare to unearth a beautifully-illustrated book on the history of hare coursing.                             On 1st March 1871, a crowd gathered at Windsor railway station to greet a small greyhound. His name was Master M’Grath,…

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Best of British terriers

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Loyal, intelligent and full of personality… terrier breeds vary enormously, although most are tenacious and have a strong hunting instinct. Kate Gatacre talks to three working terrier owners. Speaking to terrier owners, it quickly becomes clear that these breeds are intelligent, sharp and can be tricky if not brought up properly. Terriers can have a…

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Date for the Diary – Great British Game Week announced

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In its fifth-year the Great British Game Week is returning next month, November 18th to 25th, to celebrate wild game to it widest ever audience.   BASC’s Taste of Game, Countryside Alliance’s Game to Eat and, in its first year the British Game Alliance are excited to collaborate to promote wild game to both beginners and…

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Lead ammunition and ECHA update

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Where do the current threats lie when it comes to the future use of lead ammunition? The major threat we are currently facing is at the European Union level through a body called the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The European Commission has requested ECHA prepare a dossier on the restriction on the use of lead…

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Finding the right equine insurance for your horse

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Entering the equine world might look a bit scary at first glance as the unpredictability of owning a horse can be really stressful.  Owning a horse is also much more time-consuming than people usually think; you have to be there for a horse daily, rain or shine. No matter how experienced you are, whether a…

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Langholm’s harrier failings shows the dangers of short-sightedness over grouse management

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The following article has been reproduced from the latest Scottish Gamekeepers Association’s magazine     Reports emanating from Langholm moor claim only 3 hen harrier chicks fledged in 2018, less than 15 times the successful number fledged when five gamekeepers were employed as part of the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project. During 8 years of moorland…

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New licensing laws for animal activities in England

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From 1 October this year new laws will apply to five activities involving animals in England: Selling animals as pets; Providing for or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs; Hiring out horses; Dog breeding; and Keeping or training animals for exhibition The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations…

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Fishing for Schools tip of the month for young anglers – September – it’s time for the daddy-long-legs!

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Fishing for Schools fly fishing expert Bob Goble lets us into the secrets of good fishing for the month ahead. September already! This year seems to be going so quickly. Trout fishing has been up and down as regards catching for me, especially here in the south east of England. This has been due to…

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