A Pleasant Pheasant

A pheasant in my garden. Isn’t he beautiful.

You can read more about pheasants on the RSPB website – click here.

A large, long-tailed bird. Males have rich chestnut, golden-brown and black markings on body and tail, with a dark green head and red face wattling. Females are mottled with paler brown and black. They were introduced to the UK long ago and more recent introductions have brought in a variety of races and breeds for sport shooting.

Every year in Britain, more than 45 million pheasants and partridges are mass produced inside hatcheries and rearing sheds. From the sheds, they are moved to fattening pens before being released to serve as feathered targets for shooters.

The R.S.P.C.A policies on animal welfare state that “the RSPCA believes that ‘sport’ does not justify the causing of suffering to birds and other animals, and therefore the RPSCA is opposed to shooting for sport.”

If you, like me, are not into the idea of shooting these beautiful creatures for fun, then read a bit more about it on these sites:

The League Against Cruel Sports

Animal Aid


Hunt Saboteurs Association