I received this letter by email a little while ago. I thought I’d share it with you, without commenting on it (except I couldn’t resist adding a photo (or three) of a magnificent sea eagle (or sea eagles)).
By Bohuš Číčel (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcicel/) (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia CommonsDear Mr. Avery
I have never written to you before but have heard a great deal about you.
I find your views on nature and nature conservancy somewhat confusing. On the one hand you wax lyrically about the beauty of our coastland birds and the sheer joy of seeing such a splendid variety and in such great numbers. Sounds good! Yet you, when Director of Conservation at the RSPB was one of the most vociferous supporters of importing the white tailed sea eagles onto our wetlands and coastal breeding sites in the East of England. Coastal breeding sites that are home to some of our most rare coastal birds.
This major predator being brought in to feed off these birds, whilst the RSPB rubs its hands at the thought of the money they hoped to make out of eco tourism these eagles could encourage.
When the RSPB was asked to respond to the great concerns of so many to the threat of these major predators, you actually lied, quite blalantly. The lie ‘the white tailed sea eagle will mainly feed off the rabbits that abound there’.
It was pointed out that this act of gross destruction would decimate our rare breeding sites, that these sites were already over-predated upon and yet you intend to release, I believe 20 pairs of white tailed sea eagles onto this area.
The small mammals and birds in our countryside are becoming more and more scarce, the lanes quieter, the skies deserted except for the hawks that populate every square inch to the detriment of so much. Every garden, every woodland, every piece of countryside is persecuted with growing numbers of hawks. Top predators, not predated upon and multiplying every year. Even here you lie saying that numbers are still very much down due to persecution, when in fact many hawks over populating and near saturation point, an admission by your RSPB.
The responsibility for this growing problem which will lead to an environmental disaster, is the RSPB’s and we will make sure the buck stops there.
Then you accuse those who are genuinely concerned with this growing problem of over-predation and want to see a balanced conservation programme; hawk haters. Now how emotional is that? Not only that but the insults and abuse that comes from you and your supporters is appalling. How balanced is that?
This is not conservation, this is obssession and that is how you are seen now by a geat majority of the British public, as an obssessive.
From a disillusioned, once member of the RSPB