What a pleasant surprise it was to see fieldsports being portrayed in such a positive and honest light in the recent BBC series, Mary Berry’s Country House Secrets. First, the episode about Highclere Castle extolling the virtues of game meat and showcasing some impressive gundog work; then the episode at Scone Palace, where Mary is taken salmon fishing and learns about deer stalking on the hills. Granted, the programmes didn’t show any actual shooting, but the Scone one did explain the land and herd management principles behind the sport, and both episodes focused strongly on the end product – game meat – explaining how delicious and healthy it is.
Although Mary wasn’t actively promoting the sport of shooting, she didn’t question why we shoot or show any sort of non-shooting bias, which was a refreshing change for a BBC production. The recipes looked pretty good too!