You are all winners – 123,077 of us

The campaign to ban driven grouse shooting was voted Birdwatch readers’ Campaign of the Year.

Yes, I’ve noticed that driven grouse shooting is not yet banned, but 2016 saw a very big step in that direction because the public understanding of the issue grew enormously.  Many people who knew little, and cared little, about what people do to our uplands and their wildlife now know there are dark deeds done just for a so-called sport.  The pressure for change has ratchetted up several notches and it will not slacken.

Thank you and happy Christmas to all who helped get our e-petition past the 100,000 signatures and into the parliamentary record.

And that includes Birdwatch itself – thank you to Dominic Mitchell and all the team.

And thank you to Birdwatch readers as well.










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15 Replies to “You are all winners – 123,077 of us”

  1. Well deserved Mark, what a great year 2016 was for bringing the destructive nature of Driven Grouse Shooting to the attention of people. I hope you have a great Christmas & manage to put your feet up and rest. Best wishes. See you at some point during 2017.

  2. Mark, I think most of your readers would feel you can print what Birdwatch has said about you as conservation hero of the year without being immodest. Well done !

  3. A very Merry Christmas to you and Rosemary too. Who knew that campaigning could be so much fun!

  4. Marry Christmas and big congratulations Mark, for being Birdwatch magazine’s 2016 Conservation Hero of the Year.

  5. “Mark Avery wins conservation hero of the year award”.

    Congratulations Mark – very well deserved. Keep up the good work and keep campaigning – we are winning – we just need to see your initiative through to its natural conclusion.

    A special mention for the Raptor Persecution UK website – the two of you make a formidable team.



  6. Mark, you and the harrier team have been heroes since you all started. Congratulations, have a great Christmas.

  7. Congratulations Mark & thanks for the inspirational campaign leadership.

    At the risk of repetition your Conservation Hero Award, VERY WELL DESERVED.

    Here’s to 2017 and continued critical mass campaigning, the momentum just keeps on ….

    Thank you.

    1. The Animal Interfaith Alliance joins with congratulations to you, Mark – very well deserved.

      And have a happy festive season, everyone – and an inspiring, peaceful and successful new year.

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