2016 in Pictorial Review

2016 has been an excellent year for British Country Sports.

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We have now established our office in lovely Wiltshire, arguably the crossroads for some of the best British field sports such as game bird shooting, deer stalking, fly fishing, simulated game shooting and hunting.

We have had some wonderful international clients from most continents of the world and we look forward to increasing that number in the years to come.

With one month of the game bird season to go, some excellent deer stalking on offer and the fly fishing season enjoying possibly the best winter for many years (and spring is only just around the corner) 2017 looks like being a bumper year for those visitors it the UK who would like to try their hand at traditional British country sports.

In the meantime, here is a short pictorial review of 2016 for British Country Sports.

Some photos courtesy of our field sports partner, Alan Ward at Country Field Images.

Not Brideshead but Highclere Castle Revisted

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A family outing to Highclere Castle yesterday with visiting Australian friends.
The Earl and Duchess of Carnavon hosted a carol and prayer morning to raise funds for OXFAM’s ongoing efforts in Syria.
Highclere’s connection to the Middle East is more than Egypt.
The grounds are home to many splendid Lebanese Pines – the seedlings brought over from Lebanon for planting.
A cold, chilly and overcast day but the Carnavon’s welcome was warm and sincere. The many choirs that performed inside and out were a treat for one and all.
If you have not visited Highclere Castle AKA Downtown Abbey it is well worth it.
As well as the wonderful old family house, the Carnavon’s Egyptian Collection rivals that in the BM.

What makes the perfect country pursuits day?

Sim Day Syndicate

Sim Day Syndicate

As the British game bird shooting season starts its slide towards another sad ending on 1 February (grouse on 10 Dec – where did those 4 months go??) I paused yesterday to think about what has been the most special days this season and why. And in doing so, I expanded my pontification to include our stalking and fishing days.

I quickly realised that it was rarely the quantity of game harvested or fish caught on a particular day that brought a smile to the faces of our clients, family, friends and colleagues. It was the fulfilment of their expectation of a great day in the field and the quality of the birds, animal and fish and the effort it took to overcome a challenging quarry that usually did it. That and enjoying the moment with family, good friends and respected sporting peers.

Seeing the smile on your shooting instructors face when you bring down your first left and right or very high bird or the knowing look you get from your fly fishing instructor as you land the fly on the nose of a monster fish you have been stalking stealthily, wait-deep in a chilly English stream. Those are the types of precious moments that we all seek and then cherish.

And of course, mobile phone cameras are so helpful in capturing these moments and then beaming them around the world in nanoseconds so we can share them with our personal, FB, Instagram and Snapchat friends almost instantaneously.

Ah well, with another visitor group in for more game bird shooting later this week, I wonder if my deliberations will hold true. I am pretty sure they will.

Winter Newsletter is coming soon!

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We are pretty excited about the cover of our Winter Newsletter and also the content within.

A combination of great photography by Alan Ward of Country Field Images:


and excellent in house graphics by our dedicated “country concierge” staff.

The newsletter will be issued electronically later this week.

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Belvoir Castle – is it the best shooting package in Britain?

Belvoir Castle and its adjoining shoot, Croxton Estate undoubtedly offer some of the most challenging and varied shooting in the UK.

With over 60 drives on offer to cater for all levels of game bird shooting experience, Belvoir Castle has it all.

Combine that with luxurious castle accommodation and elegant fine dining and you have what many believe to be the perfect British shooting package.