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  1. Uilleachan

    Red squirrels Scotland

    Despite being relentlessly hammered in these parts for years Pine Martens held out as there were many places they weren't persecuted, it's thought that blanket reforestation, by the commission etc. cut them the slack they needed for the population to counter being trapped off estates. It's from strongholds such as here that they're reintroducing themselves further and further a afield. It's just a matter of time before they start turning up in places they've been absent from for a century or two. AFAIK the only reintroductions have been into Wales where the animal was on the verge of extinction and those remaining were thought to be lacking genetic diversity. As to the effects on other wildlife from the marten, this place is stuffed full of wildlife despite having every varmint currently present in the UK. Martens are part of the native fauna. Red squirrels by contrast died out here due to habitat loss, the reforestation that benefitted the marten didn't workout for the Red as, unlike the marten, they need tree cover and didn't survive the deforestation period. The red squirrel died out in my immediate vicinity in the 40's, apparently, when the last cally pine wood was cut for the war effort. There have been a few reintroduction of reds locally which seem to be going well. The main reason for the red introductions around here is that we're isolated from the greys by the environment, they simply can't get here. The only way a grey'll get here is if someone brings them. So we're being used as a last line of defence, just incase the effort fails elsewhere.
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    Boring out barrels

    Good man, I'm not shooting anything as lofty but I think it safe to say, with the emergence of affordable well manufactured consistent ammo, the need for tight chokes is yesterdays news, unless you're shooting targets miles off.
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    Boring out barrels

    Result Joe.
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    Boring out barrels

    I've come at it from the other side, sporting to DTL. Now shooting both. My gun is multi choked, but I found starting DTL really tested my comprehension re chokes and ammo. What was working at 15 to 25 yards wasn't cutting it at 30 to 50y. Bought some 2nd hand Teague chokes and quickly found after testing that the Teague 3/8th was throwing a pattern that in my opinion better than my factory supplied browning full, with 28g fiocchi Fblus, at 30y the 3/8th put all but 12 pellets into a uniform 30" pattern, and those 12 pellets were only just outside. If I do my bit on DTL, and I'm not quick off the mark, I get bits and a puff of dust on the first barrel hits and it'll break with confidence edge on goers a good bit further out than that. Currently using Fblus and 3/8 3/8 for sporting and 3/8 7/8 for DTL. I could go lighter on the 2nd barrel but I have confidence in the 7/8 at range, and things can get rangy in a shoot off at the local DTL shoots.
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    Tommy Robinson

    He did, and that is why he was released when he was, after serving the previous 3 month sentence, which had been suspended. The issue is with the 2nd sentence for contempt and thats what the retrial will look at. I think he'll be headed straight back to gaol.
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    Avon 'Skin so Soft'

    Same here. That said, I'll only use it as a last resort. Used it once so far this year, at a local hill loch when the wind died and the air came alive with a plague of them, it was Jungle Formula or leave. At a shoot last Saturday I came close but managed to resist, on the reasoning that our squad had avoided a soaking earlier so ours was just trial by midge, rather than trial by deluge and midge
  7. I think this populist surge will continue, dark greens and the espousers of the politics of grievance/envy, urged on by the tabloid press, will have the politicians ripping up the current farm payment agricultural subsidy structure and as a result the rural landscape will look rather different in 10 years. Shooting isn't popular and an easy target for the vote hungry, I expect the countryside to become one big petting zoo for townies.
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    Moorland fire in Manchester

    Thats right, took a couple of days to deal with it as there was another hill fire burning concurrently in strath carron, at achantee/attadale estate.
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    Moorland fire in Manchester

    I know what you meant, the point I made was an entire hill behind me burnt to the soil and the same thing happened 18 months later. Cutting burning old heather won't stop a fire spreading, all that will do is limit the intensity in the location it's removed from. Grass last years bracken etc. burns and spreads just as readily in these conditions, it'll blow on the wind until it finds something else to set a light. In conditions such as these everything bar the rock is flammable. We've has two sizeable fires in my parish so far this year, well big enough to make the news. Bring on the rain.
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    Moorland fire in Manchester

    Completely disagree, unless the hills were dug up and replaced with fire retardant astroturf; heath fires in conditions such as these will always have to potential to occur. Especially when eejits set them on purpose. Where I am we had two big hill fires, on the same patch burning right to the village march fence, within two years of each other. The last one started because of someone conducting a controlled burn in a paddock. So focused on controlling his burn, it took his neighbour to point out that embers from his burn had leapt the wall and started a fire on the other side of the road. That last fire burnt for two days and was almost out when the wind got up from the north. Within 2 hours the fire had rekindled, traveled 4 miles and torched almost 20 square kilometres. The same ground had burnt 18 months previously. Short of utterly transforming the place, I'm at a loss to conceive of management methods, other than not conducting controlled burning in such conditions, that could be have prevented that.
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    Moorland fire in Manchester

    I think you're right, I heard arson mentioned.
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    Moorland fire in Manchester

    Regular controlled burning won't stop the kind of fires we're seeing up and down the country, unless you burn all of it regularly. Fire spreads over parched grass almost as quickly as the wind blows and so hot cinders will find fuel where ever they come in contact with it. This isn't down to lack of moor burn, this is down to dry weather high temperatures and negligent (perhaps criminal) members of the public. Hope it's put out soon.
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    £180 for a recoil pad fitted?

    It would depend on the hourly rate of the person doing the job: a gunsmith is going to cost a good bit more than a handy shop assistant. Value for money would depend on the quality of the finished job and ones perception.
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    Mosquito Repellent.

    It's not the smell, it's the surface tension/tackiness of the oil that makes it difficult for them to get a bite. As a youth I did a couple of summer stints dragging in the wood. As a cable monkey I was usually on the move and running around in cleared areas behind the cutters, so it was the guys on the saws working in semi cover that would get bothered much more than us. Baby oil + special ingredient remedies were used by quite a few, and were effective. But really only suited for prolonged periods out in conditions where it's only the biting insects and you. Anyway, with that kind of heavy dirty work you're going to need a dammed good wash when you're done anyway, so whats a little more grime? I wouldn't be rubbing it on for a night out or a barbbi in the garden, it's not for polite company.
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    Horse fly bite

    The Clegs' haven't really started here yet. A cleg/horse fly, needs two blood feeds to bring it's eggs to maturity. The first wave, newly hatched and whilst numerous, are easy to deal with by staying covered and swatting/killing them. It's later in the year where the more mature street savvy clegs, whilst in search of their 2nd feed, become perniciously sneaky. There's fewer of them but they're far more stealthy in approach and therefore more successful. Usually they stalk you from behind or otherwise out of line of sight. When they target you the only way of getting them to desist is to kill them. As they'll stay on you until they get a bite, following you for a mile or so whist walking isn't unusual, for them it's do or die trying. Better to be bit early in the season as that'll help lessen the negative effects for being bitten later in the year.