It’s going to be an interesting trustees’ meeting next week for the Hawk and Owl Trust. Earlier this morning it emerged in a tweet from Chris Packham that he had resigned as the H&OT President. No reason was given, but we can be pretty sure that Chris’s move was not wholly unconnected with the stance of the Chair of the H&OT, landowner Philip Merricks, on brood management of Hen Harriers.
This follows the poll results published by Rare Bird Alert on Wednesday which showed a very big majority of respondents were against the H&OT position on ‘brood meddling’.
The trustees may wish to address the storm of controversy into which their Chair has taken them. This seems to be their last chance to change direction, if they wish to do so. If they stick with their current policy then they had better find a better way of explaining it than they have managed so far. The more words Philip Merricks has expended on this subject the more people have been puzzled, disappointed and angered. It’s not exactly the position that a charity which needs public support would choose to adopt.
A clear statement of the H&OT position on Hen Harriers is needed soon after the trustees’ meeting, if only to try to persuade the membership (which includes myself) to stick around a while longer.
Finding a new President under these circumstances will not be very easy; maybe a grouse moor owner is available?
I this week resigned as President of the Hawk and Owl Trust . Very sad , I’d been a member since 1975 .