Wild Justice, Natural England and this week’s Shooting License Fiasco

If you live in the UK and take any interest in the news at all then you are probably aware that last Thursday Natural England revoked the general licenses (GL04,05 and 06) that allowed anyone to shoot 16 different species* of bird including several members of the crow family, pigeons and some gulls. The use … Continue reading Wild Justice, Natural England and this week’s Shooting License Fiasco

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Car Crash Ahead?

Last week I began something new on the ThinkingCountry facebook page as well as my twitter and instagram feeds. I must admit that I have been slightly late to the 'vlogging' scene but as they say it's better late than never and I now completely see the benefits both for me and for you dear … Continue reading Car Crash Ahead?

Upcoming Big Farmland Bird Count + the EAT Lancet Report

Between the 8th and 17th February farmers, land managers and gamekeepers are being asked to participate in the 6th Big Farmland Bird Count by taking 30 minutes to count bird species on a particular location on their farm. This has become a critically important citizen scientific survey and the results help to give us a … Continue reading Upcoming Big Farmland Bird Count + the EAT Lancet Report

17 Blogs and Podcasts to follow in 2019

With the year drawing to a close I thought I would highlight some blogs and podcasts that I highly recommend you check out in 2019. Whilst certainly growing, it is clear that nature, conservation, farming and countryside blogs are still one of the smaller niches within the wider blogosphere but there is some brilliant content … Continue reading 17 Blogs and Podcasts to follow in 2019

ThinkingCountry Christmas Message 2018

We live in times of division: wars and terrorist acts declared in the name of religion, Brexit splitting the UK down the middle into 'Remainers' and 'Brexiteers' and extreme inequality dictating the haves and have-nots. Uncertainty seemingly rules the roost, with nobody able to second guess where the political and social framework of the world … Continue reading ThinkingCountry Christmas Message 2018

Making Farming and the Veterinary sector something we can all be involved in! – Guest post by Navaratnam Partheeban

Partheeban Navaratnam is Senior Lecturer in Livestock Production at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. He recently wrote an opinion piece in Farmers Weekly calling on us all to break down the ethnic barriers in farming and so I asked him to embellish on the subject on thinkingcountry. Agriculture and the veterinary profession are very important … Continue reading Making Farming and the Veterinary sector something we can all be involved in! – Guest post by Navaratnam Partheeban

Winter is coming, and I’m in need of some positive farming news

It hasn't been a great afternoon. If you live in my part of the world you will know that it has been wet and windy, not very pleasant if there is outdoors work to be done. The lambs are just a few weeks from being 'finished' (sent off to market) but for the moment they … Continue reading Winter is coming, and I’m in need of some positive farming news