I’d like to thank all the contributors to the lively debate here over the last week on the way forward in the conflict between grouse shooting interests and the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of our cherished raptors. But seriously, thank you for joining in, especially to those from the shooting community.
Did we come up with the solution? I don’t think so, but the airing of views and sharing of information has probably been useful. And I know that many others interested in this subject have been watching and reading even if not commenting.
Please feel free to make any comments here about hen harriers, grouse shooting etc for as long as you like. I am sure that I will return to this subject eventually.
And as a last contribution from me – what would a statement from the shooting community on raptor persecution look like?:
‘The undersigned organisations oppose the illegal killing of birds of prey. We recognise that individuals within the shooting communty are responsible for too much of the illegal activity which limits the population levels and geographic ranges of protected birds of prey such as golden eagles and hen harriers. Such illegal acts have no place in our field sports and we will work with the police to bring any offenders to justice. Whilst unacceptable, these illegal acts stem from real conflicts between those who wish to enjoy legal field sports and the predation on gamebirds by protected species. We call upon conservation organisations to recognise these conflicts and work with us to resolve them within the law.’.
Any chance of an agreement on this?