Mud Pattens in the Morning is the first book to trace the rich history of wildfowling in Chichester Harbour, West Sussex. Steven Borland's extensive research gives an insight into the pursuit of wildfowl, from ancient times through the 1850s, often considered the golden age of wildfowling, and up to the present day.
The book charts the formation of the Chichester Harbour Wildfowlers' Association, a club which controlled indiscriminate shooting, establishing sanctuaries and conserved habitat, and it explores the part played by founder members including Noel Sedgwick, former editor of Shooting Times.
Mud Patterns in the Morning is liberally studded with extracts and images from game books and the recorded histories of well-known gentlemen fowlers, as well as tales of intrepid market gunners.
A new publication available from Bookends of Emsworth, price £40