Collecting wild bird eggshells

Today, children tend to experience nature via museums and television programmes. But Tony Ladd’s childhood hobby was collecting wild bird eggshells and now his stunning replicas make extraordinary art. As…

Reduce gundog shedding

As the seasons change and our gundog lose their coats, time spent with the hoover seems inevitable. Moulting is a natural process and not one that can be stopped entirely,…

How to make carnation vodka

Once you have mastered the standard hedgerow tipples, it is time to look beyond sloe gin and damson vodka. Consider something a little more unusual for next season’s hipflask. Carnation…

Claire Sadler

Having grown up with a love for the outdoors, Claire Sadler is now BASC’s first female vice-chairman and passionate about encouraging the next generation into the field. For more sporting…

How to clean velvet slippers

Velvet slippers are an essential for staying at home in style. If you have inherited a pair that require some TLC, do not leave them to fester in the attic…

Remove stains on an Aga

Is a stain proving a pain? As the staple in a country home, it’s likely that the beloved Aga will suffer a few stubborn stains, seemingly impossible to move on.…

Create your own wildlife reserve

It doesn’t take much land, cost or effort to encourage a wonderful variety of wildlife just outside the back door. David Tomlinson advises on how to create your own nature…