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1 hour ago, Clodhopper said:

Not quite driving on margins but. 
 

A farm that I shoot has some land adjoining a large village, this land was put into stewardship with a 6m margin around the edges. This was seen as a convenient dog walking route by a lot of people and the foot traffic soon wore a large muddy path along hundreds of yards of the 6m margin. When the land was inspected the farm were informed that they would not receive payment for any of the margins due to the pathways through it. The figure I was told was in the thousands of pounds.  There is no public right of way, the land was fenced off ( the wire was cut) and signage was there indicating private land( this was repeatedly ripped up and thrown in the ditch). The farm even had a phone call asking them to remove a fallen tree that was blocking the access for dog walking!

 

The land is no longer in stewardship people just walk on the crop now!!

That sounds about right.

We have problems with walkers, motor bikes and horses, all think they have a right to roam. Most if not all don't give a damm about the land the crops or anything on it including wildlife, nesting birds or the farmers livestock yet we're in the wrong for carrying out crop protection. 

Recently I witnessed 4 horse riders abusing the farmer for closing his gates to move livestock around under control. The leader called him an ignorant see you next Tuesday for holding her ride up. No bridleway exists, just a well signposted footpath that is not through the farm buildings. After he said it just brings locked gates and stiles a step closer. 

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I have encountered soil compression caused by tractors and heavy grain trailers , this came to light when the farm decided to direct drill and all the compressed areas kept the grain on the surface much to my and the pigeons delight. 

 

Talking to one of my farmers about the dog walkers going around the fields , I confronted one  and ask her to keep to the legal paths as I will not shoot over these but if she walks around the field edges I may not see her the other side of the hedge. The farmer said I've met her and told her to keep her dog off the protected strip and she made the same statement to him and me " I Can Walk wherever I like"  

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Yes we had various herberts all over the fields when we were out yesterday.

The brightest one was one of the horses that just stopped well short and refused to come any where near us.

Another clever pillock walked up with 4 children explaining what we were doing to them and then when 25 feet away from the hide said "oh are we putting them off?"

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11 minutes ago, TIGHTCHOKE said:

Yes we had various herberts all over the fields when we were out yesterday.

The brightest one was one of the horses that just stopped well short and refused to come any where near us.

Another clever pillock walked up with 4 children explaining what we were doing to them and then when 25 feet away from the hide said "oh are we putting them off?"

Bad workmen always blame others or their tools :whistling:

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Gordon Bennett!

 

That having an idiot walking up to the hide while explaining to his 4 children what we were doing and then asking "are we were putting them off?":rolleyes:

 

Do you not see the irony?

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1 hour ago, clangerman said:

one of my perms has drilled a single field of rape slap bang under a flightline on top of a hill  as the only access is a slog across three large fields a hard lesson is coming this winter you need access on rape 

How awfully inconsiderate of the Farmer, almost like he is trying to make you struggle.:rolleyes:

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1 hour ago, clangerman said:

one of my perms has drilled a single field of rape slap bang under a flightline on top of a hill  as the only access is a slog across three large fields a hard lesson is coming this winter you need access on rape 

I am sure that if the farmer needs help there will be some young fit shooters willing to-do the slog. :yes:

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1 hour ago, old'un said:

I am sure that if the farmer needs help there will be some young fit shooters willing to-do the slog.

it’s my one shared perm even with birds on the stubble this year nobody would do the walk if there is one stalk of rape left come january i will be very surprised lol 

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