Some things that caught my eye or ear:
- the IUCN congress last week approved a resolution requesting countries to phase out use of lead ammunition in hunting which is a reminder that the UK as part of the EU delegation agreed a resolution to phase out lead ammunition by 2017 – another broken environmental promise by the UK government.
- Hawk and Owl Trust fund two satellite tags for Hen Harriers – good for them. Noticeable by its absence is any celebratory quote from H&OT Chair Philip Merricks who seems to save his efforts for calling us all eco-zealots.
- I voted for Owen Smith in the Labour leadership election (voting closes midday Wednesday) – I guess another losing vote. Last time around I voted Corbyn because I felt that the other three candidates were uninspiring and lacked passion, and in the hope that Corbyn would turn out to be a leader. He hasn’t.
- this is an interesting WWF appeal – to protect the Coto Donana – I’d like to find out more.
- Rob Yorke (so-called neutral) and I quoted in Countrfile magazine.
- best conservation charity for family travelers?
- stewed blackberries (picked last weekend) and apples (from garden) is an autumn delight…
- …as is a glass of Hen Harrier bitter in the garden afterwards.
- the planning decision on Catfield Fen should emerge on Monday – I’m expecting common sense will prevail and the inspector will uphold the EA decision to refuse the abstraction licences.
- Caroline Lucas asks Therese Coffey about role of rewilding in flood alleviation – not much of an answer.
- more filming is planned for the campaign to ban driven grouse shooting – starts tomorrow actually…
- …and did you listen to this interview with me by the comedian Tiernan Douieb