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Country Recipe: Chunky Soups

Whether you’ve been out for a brisk winter walk or have experienced a long and cold day’s shooting out in the field, there’s no better way to warm up than with a bowl of hot, chunky soup. Pop your shooting gloves, socks and other damp items in front of the fire, snuggle into your favourite chair and get stuck into a bowl of vegetable, chicken or tomato soup, the recipes for which you can find below:

A person wearing a yellow cardigan and red coat holding a cup of soup.

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Animal Fact File: Woodcock

Name: Eurasian woodcock

Scientific Name: Scolopax rusticola

Description: The Eurasian woodcock is a large, bulky, wading bird with a long, straight tapered bill that is found in temperate and subarctic Eurasia. There are both resident and migratory woodcocks in the UK, with 55,241 resident breeding pairs and 1.4 million wintering birds. 

Eurasian woodcock standing near water in a wood

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The Best Shooting Jackets 2019

Though the shooting season is coming to an end, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be kitting yourself out with quality shooting gear that can also be used for a variety of country pursuits in the intervening months before the season returns. It is always good to prepare yourself for outdoor activities you partake in, so we have put together a list of our best ladies and men’s shooting jackets for 2019 available on our website.

Alan Paine Berwick Waterproof Coat

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The Six UK Deer Species - Sika

There are six species of deer which live wild in Britain. Red and roe deer are truly indigenous, with fallow deer being introduced by the Normans and the Asiatic species of muntjac, Chinese water deer and sika being introduced in the 19th and 20th centuries. Read on to learn more about the sika deer; how they came to be in Britain, how to identify them and the best places to see them.

A sika deer with antlers showing its summer coat

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Quarry Species and Shooting Seasons Explained | Infographic

While shooting is a popular field sport for many, it is often difficult to know what species can be shot legally, as well as when the best time to shoot is. Across the UK, there are an extensive variety of game birds, waterfowl and other bird species that can be shot during certain seasons; at different times of the year, it becomes illegal to shoot them. This lawful block on shooting enables many bird species to recuperate, breed, and move to and from nesting or wintering grounds before the season starts once again.

A man wearing Alan Paine Combrook Shooting Vest Lovat and a tweed cap.

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Guide to British Wildlife: Bats - Part 2

In our newest guide to native British wildlife, we are looking at more of the country’s resident bats, the only flying mammal in the world. There are 17 species of bat which are known to breed in Britain, counting for almost a quarter of the country’s native mammals. There are over 1,300 species of bat found across the world, with more being discovered nearly every year. Be sure to read part one of our guide to bats.

Common pipistrelle in flight

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All About: Aigle

At Fur Feather & Fun, we stock a wide range of country clothing for all manner of countryside pursuits for men, women and children. In this post, we are taking a closer look at one of the finest brands that produce clothing and footwear for country activities: Aigle.

Aigle Wellington boots available at Fur Feather & Fin

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The Fur Feather & Fin Guide To The Country

A robin perched on a branch.

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Animal Fact File: Robin

Often considered to be Britain’s favourite bird, the instantly recognisable European robin, robin redbreast or simply robin, is a familiar sight throughout the year, particularly in winter. There are estimated to be 6,700,000 breeding robin territories in the UK.

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How to Help Birds Survive in Winter

There’s nothing more beautiful than catching sight of a bird in the winter time. Whether it’s the vibrant red breast of a robin or the blue and yellow plumage of a blue tit, watching these vibrant birds dart across the snow is truly magical. However, while we may enjoy a winter bird sighting, the colder months are tough for many species, making survival a challenge. But, as humans and birdlovers, there are some vital things we can do to help our feathered friends get through winter:

A goldfinch perched on a branch in winter.

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