I’ve been really impressed by the number of emails I’ve received by people who are keen – eager even! – to participate in a peaceful protest against Hen Harrier persecution. Over 200 people have contacted me, some promising cars full of supporters, and emails still arrive every day. There is clearly real enthusiasm for expressing our anger and sorrow at the illegal persecution of birds of prey.
The day to keep clear is Sunday 10 August 2014 – chosen to be close to the start of the inglorious grouse-shooting season and on a weekend to allow as many people as possible to attend.
The aim is to have legal, peaceful and media-friendly public protests across the north of England. I have been talking to those nice people at Birders Against Wildlife Crime and we are working closely together. The North West Raptor Protection Group has also settled on 10 August as the day to hold an event in Bowland so it is likely that there will be some event that you could attend in Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumberland, Derbyshire and Northumberland.
Nature conservationists are on the move. It is time to stand up and say – indeed shout! – that this illegal killing must stop.