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Fun Facts About the Glorious Twelfth

It is just days away, and we have no doubt avid shooters up and down the country are counting down the minutes to August 12th, otherwise known as the Glorious Twelfth, the official start to Britain's grouse shooting season. The sport and that specific date have been an integral part of the countryside and field sport calendar in Britain. The grouse shoot lasts 121 days, with pheasant and other game birds coming later on in the year. 

Red grouse on moorland in Britain

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Illnesses Faced by Gundogs

Gundogs can suffer from numerous injuries and illnesses as they take on a variety of work in the field, many of which are small and can be treated easily by their handlers or owners. As most illnesses require a veterinary’s assistance, it is essential your gundogs are given time to recover; though owners will want this to be reduced if diseases occur in the shooting season. When your dogs are healing, you will want them to stay in shape, within reason, and our gundog accessories can help you and your dog.

Springer spaniel gundog

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Kingfisher spotted by a birdwatcher

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Essential Kit for Birdwatchers

Amateur bird watchers who want to take their hobby another step should invest in some decent equipment. While the only things you definitely need for birdwatching are your eyes and ears, we have put together a list of essential kit that will help you spot and identify more species and get greater enjoyment and satisfaction out of the activity.

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Guide to applying for a Firearms Licence

When you first start shooting, you are often regaled with numerous stories about how difficult it was to get a firearms licence. Common myths include:

  • “You need land in order to get a firearms licence”
  • “You won’t get one if you have any history of significant physical or mental health”
  • “You’ll need to set up Fort Knox to keep your guns safe”
  • “It’s very expensive”

Below is a step-by-step guide to applying for your first firearms and/or shotgun licence that dispels some of the more common myths and pitfalls.

firearms licence forms waiting to be filled out

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Essential Kit for Birdwatchers

Amateur bird watchers who want to take their hobby another step should invest in some decent equipment. While the only things you definitely need for birdwatching are your eyes and ears, we have put together a list of essential kit that will help you spot and identify more species and get greater enjoyment and satisfaction out of the activity.

Kingfisher spotted by a birdwatcher

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Shooting Season Essentials

The summer so far has been truly sublime, with the sunshine bringing us unusually warm weather, which has meant that the months between one shooting season and another have simply flown! Now with just weeks left to wait until The Glorious Twelfth, it’s time to start thinking about the new season ahead. If you’re getting your kit together in preparation, we’ve put together a list of shooting season essentials to ensure you’re completely ready to head out in August! 

A selection of Fur Feather and Fin gunslips & cartridge bags

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Labrador Retriever Gundogs: What You Need to Know

The Labrador retriever needs little introduction, being the most popular pet dog in the UK, and also one of the favourite working gundogs in the country. Labrador retrievers are a popular choice for working dogs, being guide dogs for the blind, therapy dogs, helper dogs for deaf and disabled and drug sniffer dogs too. The breed has definitely made its mark with their easy-going temperament, general good health and hardworking attitude.

A labrador retriever sundog

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Spectacular Skies: Astrology Events in 2018

The New Year brings a whole host of events in the sky and in space. Whether you’re a keen stargazer or a complete beginner, these events will thrill all who watch. With so many different spectacles taking place in the sky throughout the year, it can be tricky to keep track of the key events that you would love to see, especially as some of them only happen on a very rare occasion - once in a blue moon as some say! Therefore, we’ve put together a handy infographic to help you keep track of the most spectacular displays for the year ahead! 

An eclipse of the moon

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