Lack of respect
We have had some good positive responses to our new website, so thanks to all our team here at Fieldsports.
Similarly, there's been excellent feedback to our latest (Spring) issue. Many of you seem to have read Phil Burtt's column and agree with what he has to say. The problem he is referring to is two-fold. Firstly Guns requesting high birds but not being good enough shots to hit them. Secondly, people new to the sport who seem to think they know better than the shoot organisers and gamekeepers. Phil says that they may be very successful in business, but it seems they have a lot to learn in the shooting field.
I would be interested to hear more readers' views on this.
As I write this it is a sunny morning, but heavy rains are on their way. Not the best of weather for undertaking partridge pair counts - and I gather we are lined up for a cold May.
On the subject of wet weather, GWCT gamekeeper Malcolm Brockless tells me that one inch of rain on an acre of ground weigh 100 tons. Fascinating stuff!
The recent rains are having a negative impact on the start of the trout fishing season, which from a selfish point of view is fine by me. I was due to spend the day by a chalk stream tomorrow, but for a variety of reasons (not lack of fish!) I cancelled last night. My host was very understanding and suggested maybe we try again in two or three weeks' time. In other words… Mayfly! Fingers crossed.