I am not sure what sex the pheasant in this photo is (left). I suspect the poor pheasant doesn’t either.
Wiltshire but which we find completely natural. His son James, who died in 2016, organised the Liberty and Livelihood Countryside March in 2002 to protest against the proposed ban on fox hunting.
A. mavor, West Yorkshire
Graham Appleton responds:
I am pleased that you liked the short Bird of the Week piece on avocets. The two Stanford brothers were keenly involved in the protection of the breeding birds at Minsmere but his book Bledgrave Hall is a story, based on fact; it’s not an autobiography. In Lt-col J. K. Stanford’s obituary, his close friend Maury Meiklejohn wrote about this part of his life and “the novella Bledgrave Hall, a fictionalised account of the return of the avocet to Britain, with which he and his brother Brigadier H. M. Stanford were closely concerned.” The challenge of shooting geese on Orkney. In search of grayling — the lady of the stream — on the Frome in Dorset. Using ferrets to bolt rabbits to Harris hawks and goshawks. A mixed driven day in great company in Essex.
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