Yesterday’s Countryfile programme featured the Peak District (which is lovely – I was there on a couple of days last week) and shooting as a countryside pursuit.
Andre Farrar, RSPB spokesperson (c14mins 40 secs into the programme) talking about grouse moor management:
‘…while the illegal persecution of birds of prey is tolerated, when the uplands are being drained incredibly intensively now, when burning on deep peat is still going on and is intensifying then the overall nett impact on the wildlife of this country, and on landscapes we love is almost certainly negative.’
Interesting. Well done Andre and RSPB. The RSPB believes that the overall impact of grouse shooting, as currently practised in its very intensive manner, is almost certainly negative for wildlife and landscapes. I agree – of course I agree with the RSPB. Where we differ is in what we can do about it. The RSPB favours licensing of grouse moors, at the moment, whereas I think that a total ban on driven grouse shooting, as a response to the industry’s decades of non-cooperation and intransigence, is the way forward. If you agree with the RSPB’s and my analysis of the problem, and with my suggestion for the solution, then please sign this e-petition which passed 6700 signatures yesterday.