Monthly Archives: February 2015

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2015 Purdey Awards open for entries

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The 2015 Purdey Awards for Game and Conservation have opened for entries! The awards have been held annually since 1999 and celebrate some of the best game conservation projects which can be found across the United Kingdom. They see judges examine shoot and habitat improvement projects every year, in an effort to determine which are Continue Reading →

What’s On: February 27, 28 & March 1

What’s On Events Things To Do Weekend February March Out & About | Fairs Exhibitions Horseracing Point To Point Quantocks East Devon Herefordshire Rugby Six Nations Wales England Ireland Scotland Italy France Paris Aviva Stadium Dublin Murrayfield Edinburgh Twickenham Countryside Market Dinner Sunday Roast Lunch Newquay Saltram Plymouth Devon Sussex Hampshire Wildlife Kent Dorset Cornwall Surrey Home Counties London | Fur Feather Fin Country Lifestyle Gifts Pursuits

Spring officially starts this weekend, with Sunday marking the first day of the new season — so your excuses for spending a weekend in front of a roaring log fire are running out. Why not get out and about this weekend and visit some of our suggestions for things to do?

Conservation: How Britain is trying to save the Water Vole

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Just 18 months after a report revealed how the loss of habitat and poor predator control has caused a decline in the British water vole population several organisations have taken positive action to address the problem. A survey carried out in September 2013 showed how the population of British water voles dropped by more than Continue Reading →

Gundog Insurance — Necessary or Not?

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Here at Fur Feather & Fin we see our blog as a voice from the heart of country, bringing you news and opinion rooted in this nation’s countryside.  Part of our role in providing that voice is giving expert opinion a platform to educate everyone, which is why we invite gundog and shooting expert Richard Continue Reading →

Conservation: Britain’s Barn Owl Boom

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Britain’s barn owls have bounced back in spectacular fashion following four consecutive years where freak weather has threatened the species’ future. A series of long winters, cold springs and wet summers between 2009 and 2013 put the majestic birds futures in Britain in doubt, with ornithologists branding 2013 the “worst year ever” for the birds. Continue Reading →

CLA Game Fair venue nominated for landmark of the year

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The venue for the CLA’s annual Game Fair has been nominated for BBC Countryfile and Visit Britain’s Great British landmark of the year award. As well as hosting the Game Fair, Harewood House in Leeds also hosted the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, which has surely played a role in its nomination. Both Continue Reading →

Conservation: The Mountain Hare and shooting’s role in its preservation

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The mountain hare and shooting are synonymous, since the animals live almost exclusively on the grouse moors of Scotland — and it’s thanks to shooting that they thrive there. More than 350,000 mountain hare, also known as the blue hare and technically as lepus tedimus, inhabit mainland Scotland while around 80,000 can be found in Continue Reading →

Preparing for the brown trout season

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With the brown trout season just a month away those responsible for managing rivers up and down the country are gearing up for a busy time. The season starts in March and new rules governing the introduction of fish-farm-reared brown trout mean river keepers have had to think hard about their preparations for the season. Continue Reading →

Expert Blog: Gundog Nutrition

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There is a huge range of dog food brands and types to choose from and it can often be a minefield working out the best option for your dog. To help you do the best you can by your dog we enlisted the help of Gundog nd shooting expert Richard Reeve and his basic guide Continue Reading →

What’s On: February 13, 14 & 15

What’s On Events Things To Do Weekend February Out & About | Fairs Exhibitions Horseracing Newbury Lingfield Park Kempton Uttoxeter Rugby Six Nations Wales England Ireland Scotland Italy France Paris Cardiff Millennium Stadium Dublin Rome Stadio Murrayfield Edinburgh Twickenham Countryside Market Dinner Sunday Roast Lunch Devon Sussex Hampshire Wildlife Kent Dorset Brdwatching Cornwall Surrey Home Counties London | Fur Feather Fin Country Lifestyle Gifts Pursuits

Love is in the air this weekend and there are events taking place all over the country, but how will you be celebrating? Whether you go in for romantic events or not there’s sure to be something for you to enjoy in our weekly roundup of what’s on in the Great British Countryside.