Ben­e­fits for all

Sporting Shooter - - Letters - Paul Wood, via email

I was, I ad­mit, a lit­tle lax in packing away all of my rap­tor de­ter­rents af­ter last sea­son, leav­ing one yel­low oil­skin hooded jacket hang­ing from a tree. I was about to re­lo­cate it be­fore de­liv­ery of this sea­son’s poults when I no­ticed a wren had made a nest inside the hood.

We are only a small shoot and do not have the lux­ury of a full-time keeper, hence the ne­ces­sity to use hop­pers for our birds when they start mov­ing around. Again, it was while mov­ing one of these when I no­ticed that a robin had built its nest be­tween the hop­per han­dle and the lid.

Fi­nally, when go­ing to turn the wa­ter on from a header tank to the drinkers, I found a song thrush had nested on the sup­port struc­ture. Proof, if it was needed, that shoot­ing does, in fact, have ben­e­fits for all.

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