I was fortunate enough to join the Blackmore Vale Shooting and Conservation Society (BVSCS) for their monthly meeting in Wimborne, Dorset last night. This very active group works hard to promote shooting and fishing - and to create opportunities for young people to take part in country sports - in their local area.
As guest speaker, I did initially wonder how an airgunning talk would go down with a group that specialises in deer stalking and gundog training but it was encouraging to see that air rifle hunting is taken very seriously by the society. Members also managed to keep me on my toes with some interesting questions once I'd finished my presentation.
Thanks to Frank O'Conner and all at the BVSCS for making me feel very welcome.
Friday night's wet, warm weather (it was 10 degrees C and pouring down when I was driving home at 11pm) appeared to prompt a mass migration of toads. The roads were covered with them, and I assume the amphibians were making their way to their spring breeding grounds.
It made for an interesting drive home, and I'm pretty sure that I managed to get back without squashing any...