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Country Recipe: Homemade Jam

Berries are the fruit of summer in Britain, and the glorious heatwave we have had has meant berries are plentiful – perfect for making lots of jams for the autumn and winter months. There are strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, elderflowers, gooseberries and more to go foraging for in your country clothing, so you can have loads of fruity desserts, cakes and anything else you fancy!

Strawberries cut up for making jam

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The Best Shooting Jackets 2018

With the new shooting season now less than a month away, we’re all looking forward to what the coming months will bring. Now, whether you’re a complete rookie or an experienced professional, July is the perfect time to invest in some new kit, ready for the season ahead. This week, we thought we would share some of the best ladies and men’s shooting jackets for 2018 to make your decision a little easier! Keep your eyes on the blog over the coming weeks, as we’ve got plenty more to peak your interest, discussing shooting season essentials, shotgun maintenance and plenty more! 

A country man and woman

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Learn More About Britain’s Birds of Prey

Birds of prey have impressive aerial skills and a hunting instinct which make them the lords of the skies, but do you know the difference between the raptors found across Britain? These birds have much better vision than ours; powerful talons to catch and kill prey, and a hooked beak perfect for tearing the flesh of their victims and eating. Raptors are remarkable predators, and their numbers are once again on the rise.

Use birdwatching binoculars when looking for birds of prey

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Magpie fact file

We all know the magpie, with its black and white plumage, noisy calls and long tail, and there is nothing else like it in the UK. When seen up close, the recognisable black and white feathers take a more colourful hue with a purple-midnight blue sheen on the wings and green gloss to the tail. Magpies are considered to be a jack of all trades, being predators, pests and scavengers, and their arrogant attitudes have won them few friends in the countryside.

wear country clothing when out spotting magpies

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A Beginners Guide to Stargazing

Astronomy is a fantastic hobby that keeps your brain engaged as you gain knowledge and see some of the most awesome natural sights. This learning-based activity can be done almost anywhere that the night sky is visible, although places with little to no light pollution certainly host the best sky views.

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A Beginners Guide to Stargazing

Astronomy is a fantastic hobby that keeps your brain engaged as you gain knowledge and see some of the most awesome natural sights. Suitable for all-ages, this learning-based activity can be done almost anywhere that the night sky is visible, although places with little to no light pollution certainly host the best sky views. Don’t be fooling into thinking to take this up you’ll need to invest in expensive kit, as for beginners, the naked eye or a simple pair of binoculars will be enough to get you started. Our beginners’ guide will help you to make the best of the stunning dark night sky visions! 

a beautifully lit night sky

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Animal Fact File: European Badger

Name: European Badger 

Scientific Name: Meles meles

Description: A powerfully built animal, badgers have small heads, stocky bodies, small black eyes and short tails. Badgers have long, powerful claws, useful for digging for food, and their snouts are muscular and flexible. Males badgers, or boars, have broader heads and narrower tails than the females, or sows. Their fur is coarse, and longer in the winter.

The European badger is one of the most recognisable animals found in Britain, and our fact file is full of information on the world’s best digger!

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Animal Fact File: Red Fox

Name: Red fox

Scientific Name: Vulpes Vulpes 

Description: The red fox is the largest fox species, and one of the widestdistributed. They have an elongated body, andrelatively short limbs and their skulls are narrow, though canine teeth long in relation tohead size. Their long tail is fluffy, and they are agile animals, being able to jump high and also swim. 

a small red fox in the woods

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Gundog Training Accessories

Training your gundog takes time and effort, and is an ongoing task, especially when they are not worked regularly and the long off-season is taken into account. However, with our gundog accessories, your training sessions with them will become a lot easier. Whistles, leads and dummies can transform an overly energetic and distracted puppy into the best gundog in the field – and of course, you want to make sure they are well cared for at home too! Take a look below at the accessories we have available on our online store.

gundog with training dummy

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A guide to buying gundogs

With classified advertising now becoming less and less common, buying gundogs over the internet is increasingly becoming the way to go. It has made it easier to search for your perfect gundog, with the ability to search for the breed of your choice. You’ll be able to see a lot more photographs as well as a longer description, though you may find these don’t always give you all of the details you are looking for.

Gundog with a dummy practising for a shoot day

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