When I sent out my short recent ‘newsblast’ to over 1300 people one of them replied as follows:
“No,don’t send me anymore of your crap.When you start considering all bird life instead of just raptors then by all means.I put a bird table up 30 yrs ago,had it full of garden birds untill (sic) the sparrow hawk found it a good place to dine.Now all that come are magpies and wood pigeons.God only knows what you see in such vermin.”
Thank you for your message and goodbye!
By the way – there was no mention of raptors in the ‘newsblast’ so I thought I’d better show you a few here.
But on a much more positive note I received this email (shortened and edited slightly by me to retain the sender’s anonymity) a little while ago:
I have just finished reading Fighting for Birds and feel compelled to send you a note to say thank you for writing it.
I am one of those elusive twenty-something female birders, embarking on a career change into ecology and conservation. I’m studying for an MSc in [an environmental subject] and I hope that this career path will put me in a position to influence decision making in favour of wildlife – whatever Mr. Osborne may say…
Anyway – your book has inspired me more than ever to be one of the good guys and to keep trying to get the message across, while giving me a better sense of the politics and challenges that surround nature conservation. You cover so many issues in the book, many of which I have not studied in depth yet, but feel that I know a lot more about now (biofuels, grouse shooting, CAP…). Very useful for someone who is just starting out and has a lot to learn! I also enjoy your blog and admire you for confronting prickly issues and not being afraid to take a controversial standpoint, while always offering a balanced and rational view. I hope to have achieved as much as you have in 25 years’ time.
Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and wisdom.
Feedback, of either kind, is very welcome; both, in different ways, are encouraging!