Catch the pigeon – Arthur and Chris at the East Anglian Game & Country Fair
This year’s East Anglian Game & Country Fair was another superbly organised and enjoyable event.
My good friend Chris Coubrough and I were booked to do a demonstration on the live stage during the fair, which was once again held on the Euston Estate near Thetford.
We were planning to make pigeon the subject of our demo, as it’s a plentiful but much underrated food source, but Natural England threw a bit of a potential spanner into the works.
A few days before the fair they decided to revoke three general licences for controlling certain wild birds, including wood pigeons, following a legal challenge to the way such licences had previously been issued.
At first Chris and I thought it might be wise to choose another subject for our demo, but then we came over all Dick Dastardly and decided to roll with the game, all the same.
It gave us an opportunity to crack a few jokes at NE’s expense, all in the name of sport of course, which added a little bit of extra frisson to our stage performance.
As you’re probably aware, NE has since brought forward three new general licences enabling farmers to control carrion crows, wood pigeons and Canada geese where they’re damaging livestock or crops or posing a threat to public health and safety, without fear of falling foul of any legal loopholes.