As you know I don’t shoot, hunt or fish. But I’ve no problem with people killing for fun. Whatever you or I may think of the field sports industries, they contribute to conservation in our British countryside. For a while I’ll write about the shooting seasons here in Britain as they come around.
The pheasant is one of our most familiar birds but it’s not native here. It’s an alien species, introduced 2000 years ago and now farmed for shooting. The woodcock is a migratory species. This is a wild bird, a subject of research by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT). Many woodcock breed and spend winters here.