best duck breeds for garden

Ducks are fun poultry, whether adorable call ducks to big, ugly Muscovies. So which are the best duck breeds? Beware though, your lawn may never be the same again. Once…

Sporting Diana Lucy Bowden rod in hand, by the water

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t fish. It’s in my blood; it’s what I know. My entire life revolves around it, from work to weekends spent on the…

A selection of gardening books

I’ve been thinking about novice gardeners and how they learn. One morning in the autumn, I helped my daughter to dig out ‘bootlaces’ – the subterranean rhizomorphs of honey fungus…

tree damaged by a rabbit

“How to stop rabbits eating trees is like adopting the mantle of Mr McGregor” a forestry expert once explained to me. “If you want your own patch of woodland, you…

Keeping a gamebook was obligatory when you started out shooting in my day,” says Sir Johnny Scott, who made his first entry at the age of nine. “Much of my…

Jane Braithwaite

How do you paint the invisible? How do you capture the feel and the smell and the sound of being at the races on a raw, damp day in mid-winter?…

Sir Max Hastings at home hear Hungerford

“I burst into tears when heading east on the M4” is not a statement one expects to hear from one of the most celebrated war correspondents this country has produced…

American pancakes with bluberries, banana and cream

Pancakes aren’t just for Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. They’re delicious all year round and American pancakes work particularly well if you’re wanting a heart breakfast. These from a recipe…

owls

MANKIND’s fascination with owls is age-old. Wall paintings in a cave in south-west France depict a pair of snowy owls and their chicks that last preyed on small mammals and…

The Field’s March issue is packed with exceptional content and focuses on conservation; from a day spent shooting on the Mapperton estate, which has embraced a different way of doing…