Cheshire Prats

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Once again this week, unpleasant and illegal accusations were made against field sports enthusiasts accusing them of being child abusers. According to Cheshire Against Blood Sports, studies have shown those that engage in childhood acts of cruelty often become violent and cruel later on in life. They refer to this as childhood grooming that can also result in domestic … Continue reading Cheshire Prats

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Slicing the Chocolate Box

BY JIM WEBSTER It’s an interesting question, how soon should we open up the countryside and tourist hotspots to visitors. I thought I’d visit Towngill situated in the south of the beautiful Lake District and ask a selection of people. First I was chatting to George and Mary. They retired more than twenty years ago when George was sixty. He was something in the City, … Continue reading Slicing the Chocolate Box

Stop the Cull’s Own Goal

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Around this time of year those with livestock to protect, conservation or shooting interests are putting out the Larsen trap. Designed in the 1950s in Denmark it is a very humane way of reducing corvid (i.e. crows, magpies, jackdaws, jays, rooks) numbers. It is regulated by a general licence and strict guidelines must be adhered to when using it. … Continue reading Stop the Cull’s Own Goal

Pity the Life of Grey

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE Watching other people walk on grass whilst they themselves are stuck with concrete and tarmac has aroused an envy in Britain’s urbanites. Lock-downed townies have convinced themselves that it is the life of concrete and tarmac that we should pity. Those living under the hypnosis of concrete melancholy – for whom Nature must seem a distant stranger and urban sprawl a relentless … Continue reading Pity the Life of Grey

Countryside Visitor Rise Causing Fear

BY NICK PEARCE The rise in visitors to the UK countryside during lock-down has continued. There is a tangible fear amongst rural folk who are meeting an increasing number of walkers on thin country lanes and footpaths crossing farmland. These walkers seem to think that social distancing no longer applies out in the fields and rural lanes, as if the countryside is somehow immune to … Continue reading Countryside Visitor Rise Causing Fear

SNP’s Toxic LACS Relationship

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ After five years of trying to smear hunt folk with false allegations of illegal hunting up in Scotland using highly edited videos, the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) appear to have finally thrown in the towel. If you want to read an account of what happened from a newspaper that threw its weight behind the League’s tawdry campaign then … Continue reading SNP’s Toxic LACS Relationship

Poacher’s Cottage

BY NIGEL BEAN The end-of-terrace cottage with its well-manicured garden and side driveway, affectionately so-named by those that grew up in the village with the local poacher’s stories and antics. Although I would never say he was an outright poacher, more an opportunist. Mr Rolfe was his name, but the kids knew him as ‘Punch’ with his blood shot eyes and his dog called ‘Sparky’. … Continue reading Poacher’s Cottage