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Lot 5.6: Kelso Race Day for Four

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Final bid:
£165
Increment:£10
Bids:4
Ends in:03 May 2019 12:00:00 BST (bidding ended)

Presented by Kelso Racecourse:

Entry tickets and racecards for four people with a drink in the Director’s Box during the afternoon.

Valid during 2019/20 Season but excludes Ladies Day.

Lot 7.2: Wild Brown Trout Fishing on the River Lyon

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Final bid:
£140
Increment:£10
Bids:1
Ends in:03 May 2019 12:00:00 BST (bidding ended)

Presented by Major Alastair Riddell:

Two days trout fishing on the River Lyon, Perthshire to be taken during the season. 

Salmon fishing will also be included, giving the purchaser the option to fish as they wish during their visit.   The salmon beats alternate daily. The purchaser can fish for salmon and trout across that beat and can fish the runs across all my water for trout, but would be asked to stay away from the salmon pools on the other beat.

There are plenty of local hotels, B&Bs, cottages and the famous Fortinghall Hotel nearby.

 

Lot 7.4: A day’s haaf-netting with Sir Johnny Scott on the River Nith at Glencaple, in Dumfriesshire

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Final bid:
£250
Increment:£5
Bids:1
Ends in:03 May 2019 12:00:00 BST (bidding ended)

Presented by Sir John Scott, by kind permission of Lady Clare Hurd:

This is an excellent opportunity for one person to experience a day’s haaf-netting on the River Nith at Glencaple.   This unique form of fishing dates back to the Vikings, the word haaf coming from the Norwegian word for heave.  The 15 ft net, standing like a small goalpost on three legs, is carried into the river and is supported by the fisherman.  The haaf-netters stand in a line with their nets across the estuary and catch fish coming up on the flood tide and down on the ebb tide.  The fishing at Caerlaverock has been kept historically by the owners for the benefit of the Estate workers and local villagers.

The successful bidder will fish with Johnny, under the guidance of the Caerlaverock Keeper, on the flood and ebb tides.  Johnny Scott wrote and co-presented the successful BBC TV series, Clarissa and The Countryman.  Lunch will be provided.  A pair of chest waders is essential.

Fishing will be catch and release, in line with conservation regulations.

To be taken in the summer months of 2019 between June and August, by arrangement.

Lot 7.5: Three consecutive days/nights (can include Sundays) Salmon and/or Sea-trout Fishing, each day on a different beat, for two rods on the Abercothi Estate on the River Towy, Carmarthenshire.

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Final bid:
£730
Increment:£10
Bids:2
Ends in:03 May 2019 12:00:00 BST (bidding ended)

Presented by Sir Edward Dashwood, Bt.:

Abercothi Estate has three rotating beats containing forty pools on the River Towy (Approx 1½ hours from Severn Bridge). This is some of the prime water on the best sea-trout river in the UK. Generally the sea-trout are fished for with a fly at night (although spinning is permitted in high water). The beats produce some 300-400 sea-trout averaging over 3lbs each season, including many into double figures. Prime sea-trout time is June to August although there is also a good run of salmon, especially in September and October.

A professional guide is available to assist (tips only) so beginners more than welcome.

When:

Days to be agreed with the Purchaser to be taken April to October 2019.

Accommodation:

Accommodation is not included but there is a Fishing Lodge which may be rented subject to an additional charge and availability.

Lot 7.6: Salmon fishing for two rods on the North Tyne and Main Tyne in Northumberland with Bed and Breakfast at a decent pub

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Final bid:
£455
Increment:£5
Bids:2
Ends in:03 May 2019 12:00:00 BST (bidding ended)

Presented by Antony Braithwaite and Rob Cooper:

The offer is for two rods to fish one day on the Haughton Castle Fishings on the North Tyne, spend the night at a nearby decent pub and then to fish on the Main Tyne - on the little known Greycourt Beat, opposite the famous Styford beat.

Lot 7.8: Monday 6th April to Sunday 12th April 2020 for one rod on Lower Redgorton Fishings, River Tay

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Opening bid:
£200
Increment:£10
Bids:0
Ends in:03 May 2019 12:00:00 BST (bidding ended)

Fishing for one rod on 1.35 miles of some of the finest water on the Tay, all of which is excellent fly water.

A very lightly fished beat in the spring, Monday 6th April to Sunday 12th April 2020 (Week 12) is a 6 rod beat that is likely to have only one or two other rods present at that time of year.

Full time ghillie, boats and first class facilities available.

This time share has been donated to the Heather Trust.

Lot 8.1: An animal head portrait in oil by artist Flora Blackett

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Final bid:
£600
Increment:£25
Bids:1
Ends in:03 May 2019 12:00:00 BST (bidding ended)

Presented by Flora Blackett:

Website: www.florablackett.com

An oil portrait of an animal of your choosing by aclaimed artist Flora Blackett.

"Born in 1978 in South west Scotland, Flora Blackett trained for 4 years at the prestigious Charles H Cecil studio in Florence, Italy.

As well as portraits, she is a renowned wildlife artist. Dividing her time between her studios in London and her native Dumfriessire she works on both commissions and her own inspired paintings and drawings. With trips throughout the UK, Europe, America and Africa, Flora continuously searches for exciting new subjects. She captures at first hand, the animals in their surroundings and strives to depict both the immediacy and serenity in every scene.
Flora has had many highly acclaimed exhibitions thoughout the UK and America.

In 2014 Flora combined her love of art and interiors to launch Flora Blackett designs.

Her work now hangs in collections throughout the world and is now listed in the national archives."

50% of the Sale value will go to the Heather Trust.

Lot 8.2: Bespoke artwork by Mel Shand

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Final bid:
£150
Increment:£10
Bids:1
Ends in:03 May 2019 12:00:00 BST (bidding ended)

Presented by Mel Shand:

Website: www.melshand.com

An A4 pencil portrait of your tribe from your provided photos, OR your favourite Scottish wild animal OR an ink drawing of a house or building.

Lot 8.4: A signed copy of Curlew Moon by Mary Colwell

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Final bid:
£26
Increment:£1
Bids:2
Ends in:03 May 2019 12:00:00 BST (bidding ended)

Presented by Mary Colwell:

"‘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."

Lot 8.5: Deer: Artists' Impressions by Graham Downing

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Final bid:
£36
Increment:£1
Bids:2
Ends in:03 May 2019 12:00:00 BST (bidding ended)

Presented by Quiller Publishing:

This magnificent volume brings together the work of eight of Britain's foremost wildlife artists. Each artist writes of their own experience of deer and, as you would expect, there are stunning images in contrasting styles of painting, pencil drawing and scraper board, while the accompanying words give a fascinating insight into the world of the artist and the deer.

As Rodger McPhail points out, deer were among the first creatures depicted on the wall of caves more than 4,000 years ago and the evocative images in this superb book show their magic is undiminished. Some coffee table books lie untouched, this is one that you will constantly pick up.

 
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