The 4th June marks the 60th anniversary of a landmark piece of environmental protection – The Protection of Birds Act 1954.
It gave full legal protection to almost all British birds, their nests and eggs. It was a progressive piece of environmental legislation.
Back in 1954, Winston Churchill was Prime Minister of the UK, Chiang Kai-shek was re-elected as president of China and, in sport, Roger Bannister ran the first sub four-minute mile and England went out (beaten by Uruguay) in the quarter-finals of the football World Cup.
But there were more Hen Harriers in England on the day they received legal protection than there are 60 years later. How wrong is that?
I intend to be sitting on a hillside watching a pair of Hen Harriers tomorrow morning.
If you feel strongly about this situation then have a look at the e-petition that I launched last Wednesday which now has close to 2500 signatures – maybe it will reach that figure this evening with your help. Thank you to all who have signed.