We asked back a good airgunning friend of ours, who lives in the UK, out in the wilds of East Anglia, for another flavor of life there. Here is his latest post.
May 2017. The weather has been as capricious as ever – a long sunny week followed by cold Arctic northerly winds with an overnight frost that nipped our plum and walnut trees hard. Now it’s heavy rain. Looking up, I half expect to see a USA–style twister heading my way across the damp fields of England. The wildlife is a bit confused by all this, but they carry on with relentless excitement about Spring at Home Farm.
Better times must be on their way, because we have welcomed a rare bird, back to the Farm. Turtle doves used to be prolific in the UK, but changes in agriculture and habitat have had a major impact on these slim, modest and private birds. Numbers are 96% down compared to 1975.
Five years ago, we were very excited when one arrived literally out of the blue. It was the first one in 25 summers. So, this year, we were delighted to welcome back an exhausted turtle dove, just arrived from North Africa. A good feed soon perked her up again though, and she was off into the privacy of the bushes and high hedges we keep here, in defiance of modern farming practice.
Recently we, too, have been traveling. A new Game Fair in the North of England opened its doors for the second time, so we went back to see what’s fresh and exciting in the world of shooting, airguns and hunting. Folk from “up North” can be a bit reserved at times, but underneath sometimes craggy exteriors are fine, friendly, warm-hearted folk. So, we got talking. In the …read more