I was in the Peak District for a few days last week – after seeing a Hen Harrier in Snowdonia at 0643 on the 60th anniversary of the Protection of Birds Act becoming law. I celebrated with a big Welsh breakfast (see above)(and a whoop of joy, of course!).
The old military saying that ‘time spent in reconnaissance is seldom wasted‘ is, I believe, right. I checked out several places which might do as locations for our peaceful protest against Hen Harrier persecution and spoke to a handful of local experts and opinions all seem to be centred on the same locality. I hope that next week I can make this completely clear but I am waiting for a promised email from an important organisation who are going to make us an offer we may or may not be able to refuse.
In the meantime, if you would like to assemble with others, somewhere in the Peak District, on 10 August, to express your opposition to the illegal persecution of a bird of prey that has had full legal protection for 60 years (and a few days) then please click on this link to register.
More information, of what I hope will be a quite concrete variety, next Monday at 6pm.
Once those details are available then I would hope that some of our larger wildlife conservation organisations can get behind this event -after all, it’s hardly contentious to protest against wildlife crime. Is it?