Auction 2018

Auction overview

Bidding starts: 20 Apr 2018 09:00:00 BST
Ends: 04 May 2018 12:00:00 BST
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Lot 303: Two days for two rods on the River Deveron

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Final bid:
£230
Increment:£10
Bids:4
Ends in:04 May 2018 12:00:00 BST (bidding ended)

Presented by James Ingleby:

Two days for two rods on the River Deveron - one of the "top five salmon rivers in Scotland" ( http://www.fishingthedeveron.co.uk/)

Date to be mutually agreed with the purchaser.

Lot 401: Grouse Hawking in Ayrshire

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Final bid:
£100
Increment:£1
Bids:11
Ends in:04 May 2018 12:00:00 BST (bidding ended)

Presented by Greg Hutchings:

A really exciting chance to see an afternoon of grouse hawking over pointers in East Ayrshire.

A packed lunch will be provided before heading on to the hill. The opportunity will be for two people to spectate while Greg works his dog and falcon as a team.

There will also be an opportunity to handle the falcon, and falconry will be explained in detail.

To be taken by arrangement with the donor on a fair weather Saturday in September or October 2018.

Lot 402: Clay Pigeon Experience at Westlands Country Park

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Opening bid:
£40
Increment:£1
Bids:0
Ends in:04 May 2018 12:00:00 BST (bidding ended)

Presented by Chris Amos:

The opportunity for one person to shoot 50 clays at Westlands Country Park, Dumfries and Galloway.

The shooting ground contains all layers suitable for novices, professionals and everyone in-between. At 140ft, Westlands have the highest shooting tower in Scotland with four simulation traps, Down the Line, English Skeet, two Compaks and twenty other sporting traps including a rabbit.

https://www.westlands.co.uk

Lot 402b: Clay Pigeon Experience at Westlands Country Park

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Bought for:
£40
Item available until:31 May 2018 12:00:00 BST (item sold)

Presented by Chris Amos:

The opportunity for one person to shoot 50 clays at Westlands Country Park, Dumfries and Galloway.

The shooting ground contains all layers suitable for novices, professionals and everyone in-between. At 140ft, Westlands have the highest shooting tower in Scotland with four simulation traps, Down the Line, English Skeet, two Compaks and twenty other sporting traps including a rabbit.

https://www.westlands.co.uk

Lot 403: Exmoor Pony Experience Day

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Final bid:
£150
Increment:£10
Bids:1
Ends in:04 May 2018 12:00:00 BST (bidding ended)

The Moorland Mousie Trust and Exmoor Pony Centre have been pursuing their charitable aims of ‘promoting and protecting the rare breed Exmoor pony’ for over 17 years and we are delighted to be able to offer a tailor made experience from one of their bases, either at Dulverton, Exmoor or Hexham, Northumberland.

The charity has a wealth of experience in training and handling Exmoor ponies straight from the free-living herds and then finds roles for them either as riding ponies, companions or conservation grazing herds.

On offer is a day’s experience either escorted on Exmoor by charity manager Linzi Green or in Hexham with Trustee, Juliet Rogers.  Both have been involved with the Exmoor ponies for many years and look forward to offering an experience tailored to your interests.  Riding will be available for those who enjoy seeing the landscape on horseback or alternatively a 4x4 safari to discover the ponies in the natural environment.  At both locations work is on-going to manage and co-ordinate conservation grazing, handle and train young ponies; all tasks which you can get involved in on your Exmoor Pony Experience Day.

Both Juliet and Linzi are also offering included in the lot a conservation grazing consultation at your location to discuss any Exmoor pony grazing possibilities, opportunities and practicalities.  The charity would also be able to supply ponies for your needs if required.

Pub lunch will be included in the experience.

Accommodation is available locally.

To be taken within 12 months, seasonality can affect the activities undertaken so please discuss with us.

Lot 811: A 12 month subscription to Fieldsports Magazine and Scottish Sporting Gazette Magazine

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Final bid:
£31
Increment:£1
Bids:2
Ends in:04 May 2018 12:00:00 BST (bidding ended)

Presented by BPG Media

Lot 812: A 12 month subscription to Fieldsports Magazine and Scottish Sporting Gazette Magazine

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Final bid:
£30
Increment:£1
Bids:1
Ends in:04 May 2018 12:00:00 BST (bidding ended)

Presented by BPG Media.

Lot 813: A signed copy of Curlew Moon by Mary Colwell

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Final bid:
£28
Increment:£1
Bids:9
Ends in:04 May 2018 12:00:00 BST (bidding ended)

PUBLISHED TO TIE-IN WITH WORLD CURLEW DAY ON 21st APRIL

 

‘In this empowering account of a walk that focuses a razor light on the plight of one of the UK and Ireland’s most iconic birds, Mary Colwell adds a powerful fresh voice to the conservation debate and challenges us to think and act differently. Inspirational!’ Tim Birkhead

 

Curlews with their long curved bills are Britain’s largest wading birds. Their plaintive calls, celebrated in both verse and music, are the sound of the British wilderness – a haunting song which is the springtime music of our uplands, moorlands, marshes and seacoasts.

                                                          

But so fast has been their fall in numbers that the curlew has now been put on the Red List of the UK’s most endangered birds. Over the last 22 years the curlew has declined by more than 50 per cent across England and Scotland and by more than 80 per cent in Wales and Ireland and it is now sliding rapidly towards extinction.

 

To raise awareness of the curlew’s rapid decline and funds for its conservation, Mary Colwell, a nature writer and long established producer at the BBC Natural History Unit, went on a 500 mile walk from the West of Ireland to the East of England to track these elusive birds and observe them in their different habitats. CURLEW MOON is the account of her journey.  Starting in the early spring, when birds are first arriving at their breeding grounds in the west of Ireland, she then walks to Wales, where they incubate their eggs. She makes her way through England to coincide with the time when chicks are hatching and six weeks after setting out she arrives in East Anglia as the fledglings are beginning to try out their wings.  Finishing on the east coast, she marks the place where many curlews come to spend the winter.

 

Curlews need wet, rough pasture to nest, and their decline has largely been driven by loss of this habitat – in Ireland, by the stripping of boglands for peat and elsewhere, by widespread forestry planting and other developments which have destroyed nesting sites, including increased predation by a rising number of foxes.  But although their decline has been drastic there is still time to do something about it. Weaving an evocative tale of discovery interspersed with the natural history of the curlew, CURLEW MOON focuses a light on the plight of this iconic bird which so desperately needs our help.

 
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