Ugly as a Toad

BY A COUNTRY AGENT I always turn up a minimum of 15 minutes early to an appointment without fail, except for the odd natural disaster of course. There are many reasons for this, mainly because I was always taught that to be “on time was to be five minutes late”. I have a particular aversion to being on the back foot. You see, when you … Continue reading Ugly as a Toad

Justice Perverted by Set-Ups

BY C4PMC Staged ‘set ups’ have become an increasingly popular tool of activists and campaigners across the country, particularly if they have celebrity support. What started as a favourite trick of animal rights extremists has now spread to anti-lockdown protestors and other conspiracy theorists, who use these tactics for a quick headline-grabbing image, with little consideration to the consequences. Yesterday across the UK media a … Continue reading Justice Perverted by Set-Ups

Festive Malicious Communications

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Peace and goodwill to all men or so the Christmas saying goes. And in keeping with this tradition of warmth and compassion, this Christmas This is Hunting UK put out on their Facebook page a glad tiding reminding their followers to think of hunt staff and unpaid helpers at this time of year: “In recognition of all those who … Continue reading Festive Malicious Communications

White Paper, Whitewash & Hypocrisy

BY ED PEMBERTON Some seventy years ago this country had some of the worst slums anywhere, and cities devastated by aerial bombing.  There was a real need for new housing and it was met by something that used to be known as Planning. But Planning seems to be a dying art. Places such as Thornbury, a historic market town in South Gloucestershire, already overwhelmed by … Continue reading White Paper, Whitewash & Hypocrisy

Rural Crime & the Police

BY RUPERT MATTHEWS This year has been tough for small businesses. None more so than those in rural areas which struggle on with all the problems that already go with keeping a business going in areas without the sorts of benefits that businesses in towns take for granted – fast broadband, high footfall and neighbouring businesses less than a mile away. This year Small Business … Continue reading Rural Crime & the Police

The Infiltrated Webinar

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ “Leaked webinar shows huge criminal conspiracy at hunting’s highest level”. Or so the hunt sabs’ tweet proclaimed. So what was breaking? Not a lot. So what really happened during this webinar? It seems an invite was sent out to hunt staff to attend a trail hunting webinar by the Hunting Office, which is the body responsible for the administration … Continue reading The Infiltrated Webinar

Paradise Hidden in a Provencal Forest

BY SOLÈNE PINHOAT Géraldine and Mark Whitcombe-Power welcome all those who love Nature – but specifically those who have not had the good fortune to experience it – at their Domaine des Escavalins where they produce Extra Virgin olive oil. In fact, they are the first ever to be nominated best “Value of the Park” in the National and Regional Park of the Massif de … Continue reading Paradise Hidden in a Provencal Forest

Jim Webster Wins CLA Award

BY NICK PEARCE Cumbrian farmer Jim Webster, who writes regularly for Country Squire Magazine, has been rewarded for going the extra mile in supporting his fellow Lake District livestock farmers. Jim, a member of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), was one of three chosen to win their President’s Award 2020. Speaking to our Editor, Jim was his usual humble self: “It’s difficult to … Continue reading Jim Webster Wins CLA Award

The Coming Storm

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Sad and worrying stats were released by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) recently. Research shows 64% of Scottish gamekeepers receive abuse from members of the public at least once a year. And another 79% are concerned about their future.  Put into context, that’s 64% of Scottish gamekeepers getting grief for going about their lawful business putting … Continue reading The Coming Storm

Poachers are not Hunters

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ A recent article in The Independent from the animal rights fanatic Jane Dalton shows how a once respected newspaper has declined over the years into an impecunious, partisan and clickbait-driven blog. The article in question can be found here: This article by Dalton is particularly revolting as it deliberately conflates the despised enemy of country folk – poachers – … Continue reading Poachers are not Hunters

Spiked Witness

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ The pages below are taken from an unpublished book, Persecution of the British Circus, on the notorious circus set-up perpetrated by the animal rights group Animal Defenders International (ADI) in the late nineties. Why unpublished? Because the publishers were terrified of reprisals from animal rights groups and only agreed to go to print if their name was omitted from … Continue reading Spiked Witness

Packham Tests New BBC Boss

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ So much then for the tough stance Tim Davie, the new director general of the BBC, was going to take on those lippy left-wing celebrities spouting their vitriol across social media. If anyone was going to prove the benefit of NOT defunding the BBC – by ridding the organisation of dishonest and impartial gobshites such as the animal rights … Continue reading Packham Tests New BBC Boss