Hunts are opening their door to new followers for the Countryside Alliance’s Newcomers Week.

The week provides a great way for novices to get a taste of hunting and for hunts to encourage new members into their midst.

Hunts have been encouraged to hold newcomers meets with all new arrivals being guided by an experienced hunt follower.

Everyone is welcome to take part regardless of prior knowledge or having the correct kit.

Newcomers Week has been a regular feature in the hunting calendar since 2004 and has been successful at introducing new members young and old to hunting.

As well as newcomers meets another option for those who are new to the sport or wanting to brush up on their skills can be a pre-season hunting clinics.

Clinics tend to combine work within an arena with action on cross-country courses. There a variety of options available including courses hosted by eventer Harry Meade and the Royal Artillery Hunt.

For any newcomers who are anxious about hunt etiquette don’t forget to read H&H’s “A beginner’s guide to hunting”.

Fore more information on Hunting Newcomers Week visit: www.countryside-alliance.org