I was very disappointed to read this from the respected CEO of my local wildlife trust. It’s quite likely that the very few words at his disposal made the views of the Beds, Cambs and Northants WT sound sillier than they actually are – but they are his and their chosen words!
The Wildlife Trusts cannot present a united front on any difficult issue, it seems. This looked like Brian going out of his way to suggest that the BCNWT isn’t bothered about Hen Harriers (although they occur annually in all three counties, of course), regard persecution as a welfare issue and regard it more important to talk to the landed gentry than to stand up for nature. I’m sure he didn’t mean that – but I really am not sure what he did mean.
Despite the participation of the Derbyshire WT at Hen Harrier Day 2015, and a good turn out from the Sheffield WT on Hen Harrier Day 2014, I haven’t got a clue what the WT movement think about raptor persecution and Hen Harrier persecution in particular. It was always difficult to get them to engage with this issue because it was to do with birds, and because it was contentious. How we miss folk like Derek Moore who would bang a few heads together amongst his colleagues (I imagine!) and get a bit of sense to emerge.
Where do the Wildlife Trusts stand on Hen Harrier persecution? I assume they are against it. A Guest Blog is available here, no word limit, if they would like to be rather clearer about where they stand, or sit.
But all members of the Wildlife Trusts are very welcome to joint the thunderclap #justiceforannie and to sign the e-petition to get the Westminster parliament to ban driven grouse shooting.