If you live in England and Wales, but not in London or Greater Manchester, you will have the chance to vote for your police and crime commissioner a week today.
P&CCs are charged with ensuring effective and efficient policing of a police area. Wildlife crime is part of that role – certainly not the most important part, but a part. So maybe you ought to ask your candidates what they are going to do about wildlife crime if they are elected. I won’t do this because, quite honestly, wildlife crime is not a very big issue (though clearly any crime is too much) in Northamptonshire. But if I lived in the uplands of England, and in the following police regions, then I certainly would raise it as an issue with the various candidates:
You can use this link to find the candidates in your area, and in many cases you can find the email address of the candidates through these links. Some candidates (often Conservatives) make a point of mentioning rural crime and its impact on tourism. It might be worth telling your candidates that rural crime includes wildlife crime and wildlife crime can put people off visiting National Parks, AONBs etc if they are devoid of nature (apart from ridiculously large numbers of Red Grouse and Pheasants).
The lack of Red Kites in the northeast, as set out in this Guest Blog last week, the death of Bowland Betty in the Yorkshire Dales, the lack of Peregrine Falcons over much of the uplands of the north of England, the raptor persecution hot-spot that is the Dark Peak in the Peak District National Park, the disappearance of Hen Harriers in the Forest of Bowland last year (and every year) are all things that could be brought to the attention of your candidates for P&CC.
Good luck! If you get any especially good responses then let me know, please, and we can spread the word here.