Hywel is the son of Welsh fishing guru Moc Morgan and, unsurprisingly, was introduced to the pleasures of fishing at an exceptionally early age.
He first wet a line at just two-and-a-half-years-old, and spent his early years fishing the rivers Teifi and Ystwyth for wild brown trout and sea trout. Since then, he has fished extensively throughout the UK, Europe, Australia and in the USA.
H&C has learnt that further doubt has today been cast over the legality of the Governments proposed policy on eco-towns.
The policy flies in the face of established procedures whereby communities agree the level and location of new development through development plans.
According to John Hobson QC, by identifying selected sites outside the development plan process, “and requiring that they be given ‘material weight’ the Government would be usurping the function of the local planning authorities and distorting the plan making process.”
Ragwort, a plant poisonous to horses, has bright yellow flowers and is found on roadside verges, meadows and wasteland across England.
Common ragwort is one of the most frequent causes of plant poisoning of livestock in Britain. Every summer the plant comes into flower and can pose a threat to donkeys, horses, sheep and cattle. It is often associated with poorly maintained grazing.
H&C is sad to hear of the Royal Agricultural Society of England's (RASE) announcement that the 160th Royal Show this summer will be the last in its current format. RASE is planning on creating a new programme of events from 2010.
This week RASE said the decision had been a real challenge, but the response to the Show in recent years left the Society with little option after foot and mouth disease, blue tongue and bad weather saw the event fail to attract the necessary numbers of visitors.
“Picture the scene: southern Spain, air temperature 25 degrees C. The sun in a cloudless sky, and five friends sitting down to an early afternoon picnic. The wine flows, Spanish meats, cheeses and vegetables are plentiful. We’ve had a great morning fishing on the river and we’ve got plans for the afternoon.
At the start of 2009, the Kennel Club announced the results of its review of all Breed Standards to ensure that all dogs are healthy, of good temperament and fit for their original function.
Momentum following this announcement has continued with the Kennel Club meeting with various breed clubs and councils to discuss dog health, and to ensure that pedigree dogs have the best chance of living happy, healthy lives.
Decisions about animal diseases would be handled by an independent body if proposals announced for consultation by Environment Secretary Hilary Benn today are approved.
A new independent board would be established to make decisions about animal health policy and delivery, Mr Benn explained. It would be formed of members with knowledge and skills in the livestock industry, animal health science and welfare and relevant public health, consumer and wildlife issues.
“In my last blog, I was explaining why fishing is so much fun and a recent sunny, Spring Sunday really confirmed that for me. It was my great pleasure to act as guide to two brothers, Aaron and Reece, and their granddad at the Kingfisher Lake in mid-Norfolk. Our targets were simple: a fish bigger than seven ounces for fifteen-year-old Aaron and one topping two pounds for thirteen-year-old Reece.
“Once upon a time, there were ghillies. They originated in Ireland and Scotland and their functions were fairly rudimentary – they would row boats, land fish and give basic advice. They were to talk when talked to, but generally be seen rather than heard. Ghillying, back then, was all about the master and his man; the class divide.
Guiding is a different matter. Today, the guide gives total, constant, hands-on advice and is an equal partner for the day. He or she is a friend, a confidante, a fixer who can wring every bit of pleasure out of time at the waterside.
Representatives from the farming industry have met with Environment Secretary Hilary Benn to discuss skills training, H&C has learned.
The meeting was convened by Mr Benn to discuss how to improve access to training for modern day farming.
Speaking at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, Mr Benn said: “Developing skills for agriculture and horticulture is a real priority for both industry and Government. Farming is by nature a skilled profession, but more can and should be done to keep the industry challenging and competitive.”