Good news – we’re heading for a debate

I had an email this afternoon confirming that the House of Commons Petitions Committee has agreed to schedule a debate on our e-petition!

The date is not yet confirmed and we’ll have to wait a while for that, but the important thing is that there will be a debate in the Westminster parliament on the future of driven grouse shooting.






42 Replies to “Good news – we’re heading for a debate”

  1. Excellent news Mark,
    I intend taking the day off to go, should be a good day out!

    1. Provided I am not on holiday I would be able to attend the debate since I can travel there by tube.

  2. This is great news Mark and richly deserved by not just you and the many many people who’ve campaigned long and hard but also the ecosystems in question that need to be taken seriously in the corridors of power.

    1. Well done Peter, hope that you can make it. I will be there. I can help with logistics maybe?

  3. Congratulations Mark, you’ve really pushed for this and the effort you have put in has been massive and that’s only what can be seen. I would guess that you have done more behind the scenes than most of us could imagine.

    Keep up the good work, that’s the end of the beginning.

  4. Best news I’ve had all day. And I’ve seen a Western Swamphen and a Spotted Crake today and this beats them.

  5. Well Done Mark and Everybody who helped with the campaign.This is a Watershed Moment,and although there’s a long hard road ahead,We have Momentum !! Time for a wee dram of single malt me thinks !!

      1. Northern Diver – funnily enough, 12 bottles arrived this afternoon. But today I’m on a fasting day so it will have to be tomorrow! I feel elated – as I’m sure, do many others who have contributed to getting us this far.

  6. Bravo, sir! And to all who’ve signed and shared, pushed and shoved, and generally kept on keeping on! 🙂

  7. Fantastic news – beats my 51 broad-billed sandpipers and 7 red-necked phalaropes seen today in Greece! Congratulations Mark – you so deserve this!

    1. WildHils – does it really? Crikey. Thank you but it’s a team effort and everyone who signed is part of the team.

      1. Ok, so it’s a close call but just such good news. You’ve really shown how with tenacity, determination and perseverance we can really make a difference. You’re an inspiration to others, like me, to believe that things can change if we work hard enough to make them. Thanks!

        1. Wildhils – Lots of people involved. Lots share the credit. We have all raised the issue and now decision makers are beginning to hear us.

  8. Who are the three idiots who gave this the thumbs-down?! Excellent news – well done Mark, thoroughly deserved.

  9. Fandabbydozzy! Well done Dr A!

    Dominic 112:4 – those kind of odds are perhaps an indication of things to come?

  10. Fantastic news and a fantastic achievement. Now how do we get you a safe Labour seat in the next few weeks?

    1. No, you haven’t yet got the message that wiping species out so you can shoot another species is something we can’t accept. You’ve had plenty of chance (years and years) to mend your ways, but you’ve proved arrogant, untrustworthy, intolerant of other living things at every turn. You’ve brought it on yourself. For me, the events of 2013 were decisive when no HH nests in England were successful and the forest of Boland was wiped out as a stronghold. I shall never forget the impotent rage with which I sat in front of the computer as I read about it. I have never had the slightest part of a scintilla of sympathy for DGS since that moment. You thought you had got away with it. What you forgot is that birders deal in facts and keep records from one year to the next, so we don’t forget. Huge congratulations to Mark for achieving this and knowing when to do what at each point in the campaign.

    2. If all the people that signed this petition went without baths for a year, they still wouldn’t stink as bad as the grouse shooting “industry”.

  11. Good. A chance for much more widespread realisation of the good that management for red grouse does – it leads to significantly improved chances of having breeding waders and black grouse on the moor. There is little doubt that moorland management has benefits that extend far beyond red grouse.

    1. Quite Hillocks, couldn’t agree more – the public who subsidise to the tune of £56 per hectare for risk of downstream floods, increased insurance premiums, increased water bills to clean up quality, all related to the mis-management of the uplands will also agree with you for sure?

      Bring it on, and for the many not the few?

      1. The EMBER Project found that “River flow in catchments where burning has taken place appears to be slightly more prone to higher flow peaks during heavy rain. However, this was not a conclusive finding.” It seems unlikely that this would lead to increased insurance premiums.

  12. Well done Captain Avery! This will be one of your red letter days, I hope you are on cloud nine where you deserve to be. This is a big day for UK conservation – 3.5 million acres of land up for possible change for the better. Thanks.

  13. Hooray indeed. Thanks to all who made this happen, especially Mark. Not forgetting Chris Packham who has had to put up with a whole lot of malicious nonsense. Also BAWC and the League Against Cruel Sports – and everyone else who I’ve doubtless missed out – you know who you are, take a bow 🙂
    Looking forward to the Sheffield Conference starting on Friday (9th Sept). I’ll bring my MP response letter Mark (Lidington of Aylesbury). It’s pretty poor – no make that DREADFULLY poor! I shall be wring a response post Conference.

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