I have a column in the current British Wildlife magazine about the relevance of the EU elections on 22 May, the Scottish independence vote in September and the next UK general election (just over a year away) to our wildlife. In it I also set out 20 policies that might get my vote in the next general election.
Here are a few of them:
- Temporarily ban grouse-shooting in those SPAs that now have fewer nesting Hen Harriers than when they were designated (ie all of them) and recommence it in those where thresholds are regained
- Fund a task force to manage neglected hedgerows in order to increase their wildlife value and reduce rural unemployment
- Require the president of the NFU to make an annual speech on the state of farmland wildlife
- Hold referendums on whether Beavers, White-tailed Eagles and Lynx should be reintroduced – and fund any option which gains a majority of votes
The Guardian asked me to elaborate on some of the ideas, and you can read those thoughts online here.
I’ll come back to this month’s EU elections a bit later next week.