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I am not sure what sex the pheas­ant in this photo is (left). I sus­pect the poor pheas­ant doesn’t ei­ther.

R. Short,

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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