If you saw this bit of nonsense in the Daily Telegraph today then you probably just shrugged it off.
This piece of ‘journalism’ is prompted by a You Forgot the Birds press release and the details were not, I am told, checked with either Natural England or the RSPB. The YFTB press release was entitled The RSPB: Specialists In Failure Who Don’t Protect Birds which gives a good indication of where it is coming from.
You Forgot the Birds is funded, remember, by ‘the British grouse industry’.
There is no ‘government report’ either published or in the pipeline – a press release from Natural England, in association with the RSPB and Moorland Association is expected later this afternoon. It is not expected to resemble the story in the Daily Telegraph. We’ll see.
If the non-report was not checked with Natural England or the RSPB, I wonder whether it was checked by the Moorland Association? Maybe they would tell us.
When the British grouse industry put this type of unchecked story into their pet newspapers then it really does make one wonder whether or not we should just ban driven grouse shooting to teach them a lesson – but there are a host of other good reasons too (read them here).