An event, organised by the RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts and the League Against Cruel Sports (the first time these organisations have worked together in this way?) will be held on the 9 December – the day before the end of the grouse shooting season.
This event is also supported by the Mammal Society, Butterfly Conservation and the Ramblers (and good for all of them!).
The rally is broader than just Hen Harriers – and so it should be – but it is a follow-up to the Hen Harrier Day of 10 August. Let’s hope for drier weather.
If you can make it – book here, spaces are limited – you will get some speeches and briefing and then we’ll all wander over to the Palace of Westminster (aka the Houses of Parliament) to see whether our MPs can spare us a few minutes. Of course there is nothing to prevent you from turning up at Parliament on that day anyway.
The aim will be to tell our MPs that we expect them, if they want to be re-elected, to do more for nature. We want strong commitments in their election manifestos to help nature. We need the EU directives to be maintained, a Nature and Well-being Act and an eradication of wildlife crime (eg Hen Harrier persecution – eg by banning driven grouse shooting).
If you cannot attend in person, and that would be entirely reasonable, please watch out for details of how to contact your MP on these issues. I would love for every MP to get several letters or emails as well as many of them to have conversations with their enthusiastic constituents.
This rally was my original suggestion but I am very pleased that the RSPB, Wildlife Trusts and LACS have grabbed the idea, broadened it and made it better, and attracted supported from others.
Let’s ask our elected representatives to do a better job for nature. In my opinion, that includes banning driven grouse shooting, but it also includes much more.
How many of the ‘sodden 570’will make it to Westminster on 9 December too – maybe we should mint a campaign medal.