- ban driven grouse shooting e-petition stands at 15,800 signatures – please sign and promote to others. This e-petition is still in its first month.
- ban toxic lead ammunition e-petition stands at 15,500 signatures – please sign and promote to others. This e-petition is in its last month and deserves far greater support from our major wildlife NGOs – after all, it is asking for something that is agreed WWT and RSPB policy.
- Catfield Fen goes to a public enquiry on 19 April.
- Natural England still have not, unless I’ve missed it, published their forward plan for SSSI notification (including the West Pennine Moors) despite promising in December, to do so ‘in the New Year’.
- Don’t get your hair cut! Because according to the risible Baynes of Scottish Land and Estates, burning heather is like getting your hair cut in that it causes floods, increases water bills, and is part of the management strategy that requires thousands of Mountain Hares, Foxes and Stoats to be killed every year and rids the moors of protected raptors. Whatever you do, don’t get your hair cut. Of course, before men in tweed came along 150 years ago, no-one had their hair cut and we all walked along tripping over our hair.
- take a look at the Environmentalists for Europe site.
- I don’t like feeling sorry for Paul Dacre, and I can manage not to, but the fact that he hoovers up EU grants for his grouse moor whilst arguing for a UK Brexit doesn’t seem to me to be such an outrageous thing. If anything, those who benefit from these subsidies and are arguing for ‘remain’ are on dodgier ground. But the sums accrued by Dacre illustrate the fact that we are all paying for what goes on in the farmed environment – through our taxes and then again through the ‘externalities’ such as increased flood risk. So get involved and send decision-makers a strong signal for change.