The current Shooting Times magazine is so full of interesting and puzzling articles I am seriously considering taking out a subscription. And it’s nearly time for the next weekly offering.
Lindsay Waddell, retired gamekeeper from the Raby estate, writes about the new rules governing heather without actually telling us what they are. I assume he means those covered in this blog in late February but it’s rather difficult to tell..
The article might almost have been written to make any gamekeeper reading it even more paranoid than he (for he is likely to be a he) already is. Lindsay seems to think that all burning of heather and cutting of heather is going out the window, with every ground-nesting bird in the uplands, because of something that he describes as the ‘carbon debate’. It’s a puzzling article and I can only guess that it is some sort of brain teaser and that the answers will be revealed next week. Maybe I should subscribe…
If your average upland gamekeeper relies on this type of thing to understand the world then no wonder they sometimes seem a bit ill-informed.
Oh, hang on!