The news that the European Commission is starting infraction proceedings against the UK, presumably for lack of action in England, over upland management issues, revealed on Martin Harper’s blog today is very welcome.
It’s very welcome because it shows that the EU is a force for environmental good (but we knew that anyway) – although it moves very slowly.
It shows that the RSPB is a force for environmental good (but we knew that anyway) – although it moves very cautiously and timidly.
And it shows that there are real conservation and wider environmental concerns about driven grouse shooting – but then we knew that anyway.
And as well as ‘Well done!’ to the RSPB we should also say ‘Well done!’ to the Ban the Burn campaign based in the Calder Valley which is the constituency with the highest number of signatures for our e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting.
If you really want to get into the Walshaw Moor story then there are 52 blogs on the subject (so far) ending (so far) with this one, or you could get a potted version (and much else besides) in Inglorious: conflict in the uplands.
Martin continues to talk up Defra’s grouse moor managers’ plan (aka, by some, a Hen Harrier Plan, as welcomed by the RSPB) which doesn’t seem to be a plan for Hen Harriers at all. He also invites comments on his blog about the RSPB’s position. I’ve submitted one.