Have you spotted that there is going to be a UK general election this June? I bet you have.
This will allow all the political parties to set out their environmental policies so that we can choose between them – in theory. Don’t hold your breath! I will be rather surprised if Labour has any real environmental policies and the Lib Dems won’t have many either. No worry, we can all look at the Conservative Party’s finely crafted pledges for the environment and decide on the basis of whether we like them or not – more badger culling, no restraints on grouse moor management, pathetic progress on marine protected areas around English shores (but, to be fair, some in the UKOTs), no clear view on the way forward for wildlife, no way forward on the future of farming and public support for it.
Hmmm – well, at least the Greens know what they want, and a lot of it is what we want too.
The Green Party ought to relax its dislike of GM in order to clone Caroline Lucas and get her to stand in constituencies all over the country – then we might see some progress.
But on a more parochial matter, it seems unlikely that brood meddling, even as trials, can now go ahead this season as contentious policy matters take a step backwards into the shadows during an election campaign. It remains to be seen if there are any Hen Harriers in England with which to meddle, of course.
And so the action is definitely all in Scotland where we await the review of raptor-tracking which, because it is a Scottish government matter, should be unaffected by general election purdah.