BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Trying to brush up on eco matters in light of recent events, I took it upon myself to read Ian Coghill’s ‘Moorland Matters: The Battle for the Uplands against Authoritarian Conservation’ when the publisher, Quiller, sent through a review copy to the magazine. I chose well. This is a masterful book and it’s written in such a refreshing way. It offers such … Continue reading Moorland Matters
BY NIGEL BEAN Welcome to the ‘animal rights’ charity sector. Here’s the League Against Cruel Sports’ (LACS) story of selling misery to the British public…. We protect foxes but have not saved the life of one single fox LACS has not had an easy ride. Eight high ranking officials upped sticks and left having seen through the organisation’s lies. These included CEO James Barrington. He … Continue reading League’s Death Spiral
BY NICK PEARCE If you’re fed up with hearing nonsense like ‘horses chewing the cud’ on BBC’s Springwatch, there are some excellent alternatives out there if countryside watching is your thing and you like to have your grey matter stimulated by on the ground experts rather than script-reading presenters. One fellow who should have his own TV programme is Graham Denny. Graham’s a farmer and … Continue reading Free Springwatch Alternatives
BY JIM WEBSTER I’ve just been checking a batch of dry cows. They’re enjoying a well-earned rest in late pregnancy, slouching about in the sun, eating the grass and generally not doing a lot. But as I walked to see them, I caught a glimpse of something black out of the corner of my eye. Think ‘bin bag’ black if you would. So after checking … Continue reading Haley’s Balloons
BY NIGEL BEAN Below follows Nigel Bean’s submission to Lord Walney’s independent review into political violence and disruption: “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to provide information and views into the rise of extremism. The independent review appears to be heavily biased towards far left and right wing extremism, both of which are largely unwanted side effects of our political system and sensible politicians … Continue reading Submission to Lord Walney
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Attempts by the animal rights extremists and their supporters in both the Scottish Parliament and Police force to secure a hunting prosecution ahead of the Scottish elections – to be used for propaganda purposes – ended in dismal failure on Thursday 29th April. The Scottish Greens’ manifesto commitment is to ban pest controlling with packs of dogs, driven grouse … Continue reading Huntsman Lee Peters Show Trial Fail
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Let’s be clear. There is nowt wrong with being an anti. It’s a free country. Being anti-hunting is a position that sane and civilised people can reach and hold without resorting to fury or violence. If only there were more discussion between those who participate in hunting in the countryside and those who are antis. Maybe the police should … Continue reading Don’t Be Like Mel
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN The last fortnight has been rough on the chickens. One cockerel and a hen stolen away by a wily fox. My young son guilty for not counting them all into their enclosure at night. Eleven is a good age to learn responsibility for others, as well as how to help provide. More chickens, a ledger and an incubator are on the way. … Continue reading Beyond Red Crows
Online education has been around for years, though the infrastructure and acceptance of it have exploded in the past two to three years. While nearly everyone benefited from it during the government-mandated shutdowns, it has the potential to close the accessibility gap for certain populations. Most notably, it can aid rural students of all ages. Here are six reasons why remote learning could be a … Continue reading Remote Learning for Rural Areas
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ The Charity Commission have certainly not helped the countryside with their apparent willingness to permit every extremist animal rights group to claim charity status. It’s natural for these fundraising groups to seek out mainstream credibility and to appear at least half decent to the outside world. With charity status they claim respectability and tax free income. They are more … Continue reading Really? Is that Charity?
BY MARK CRUDGINGTON Have the British shooting public been led into a miasma of confusion that may lead to the end of the shooting of live quarry as we know it? In modern cancel culture the opportunity to “ban” time-tested methods to assuage a “green” agenda seems increasingly common. In the case of lead in ammunition there have been reports produced for years on the … Continue reading Lead into Darkness?
BY A COUNTRY AGENT When doing this job it can often be all too easy to forget you are dealing with someone’s most prized possession. Their home, which they have entrusted you to sell, is usually one of the largest assets they have. It is a core part of their life, it reflects their personality and the way they live and as such it should be … Continue reading View, But Don’t Touch!
BY DR KAUSTAV BHATTACHARYYA In a recent book on Anglophiles, I came across the essay on English pubs by George Orwell, ‘Moon Under Water’ which was irresistible and charming. George Orwell is the quintessential British writer who covered all things British from the ‘Empire’ to the ‘Pubs’ with felicity and in plain, simple and comprehensible language. The essay is about an imaginary country pub named … Continue reading My English Country Pub
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN The countryside versus the town is a phony battle that has been conjured repeatedly over the ages, mostly as an excuse by opportunist charlatans and self-preservers who generally had a foot in both. Nonetheless, there is something increasingly perverse about those who rarely leave the perimeter of the M25 casting judgement on those distant swathes of green where their crops are grown, … Continue reading The New Countryside Roar
BY RUPERT MATTHEWS Our rural roads are plagued with people disregarding speed limits. Cars, vans and lorries race through our tiny villages with little to no consideration of the danger they put themselves or others in as they do so. Fatal accidents are four times as likely on rural A roads as they are on urban A roads. In village after village, the speed limit … Continue reading Tackling Danger on Rural Roads