A day of dis­cov­er­ies

Sporting Shooter - - Letters -

I am a reg­u­lar reader of your pub­li­ca­tion and you may find the fol­low­ing of in­ter­est and wor­thy of in­clu­sion in your next is­sue.

I am a mem­ber of a syn­di­cate shoot on the edge of the New For­est. I get in­volved with our birds from the time of re­lease, with daily vis­its to check on their wel­fare, and con­tinue through to the end of the sea­son, again with daily vis­its to check hop­pers and feed un­der shel­ters. I must ad­mit that this gives me as much plea­sure as turn­ing up on shoot days be­cause you never know what you are go­ing to see.

To­day was no ex­cep­tion. When tak­ing off the lid of a let­ter box-type hop­per, you can imag­ine my sur­prise to find a wil­low tit in­side. I can only as­sume it had been feed­ing on the maize chip­pings and, hav­ing got in­side, could not man­age to make its way out. It must have been ex­tremely de­hy­drated as it flew into some hazel close to me and be­gan drink­ing from the droplets of wa­ter on the branches.

Next stop was a spiral feeder. This time when I took off the lid, I found a clus­ter of hun­dreds of la­dy­birds. I have never given it much thought but, upon in­ves­ti­ga­tion, I found that it is in­deed com­mon prac­tice for them to hi­ber­nate in large num­bers, most usu­ally un­der tree bark or leaf lit­ter, etc.

So, all in all, an in­ter­est­ing day and one that again shows that shoot­ing does, in fact, have a pos­i­tive ef­fect on our en­vi­ron­ment, giv­ing both shel­ter and food to our wildlife.

Paul Wood, via email

JAN­UARY IS­SUE WIN­NER Con­grat­u­la­tions to A Han­naford from Honi­ton in Devon. The an­swer was CHRIST­MAS GOOSE.

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