The coalition of chaos on the Hen Harrier – all it lacks is a contribution from the DUP. Aside from that it has spin, U-turns, failure to answer the question, attempts to blame the victims for the problems, attempts to blame the other party for everything for which you are responsible and a strong whiff of hypocrisy.
Defra – nothing of substance
Defra is responsible for nature conservation in England
Natural England – nothing at all
I emailed the NE Media team this morning – no response yet. Actually I made the mistake of phoning them first – they are never in.
Added later in the day: after much thought, NE came up with this ‘The hen harrier is a magnificent but endangered bird, and through the Joint Action Plan, we are committed to increasing its numbers across the country‘.
Hawk and Owl Trust – nothing
The Hawk and Owl Trust is ‘dedicated to conserving owls and birds of prey in the wild – and increasing knowledge and understanding of them‘ and ‘is part of a six-point plan initiated by the government to restore the population of English Hen Harriers which are close to extinction‘.
The Moorland Association – Amanda Anderson was quoted in The Times as saying that the Moorland Association was seeking ‘to secure a better future for hen harriers across [their] former range in England‘. Keep looking Amanda, keep looking out of the window.
The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust – well they are a complete shambles as pointed out by our mates in Raptor Persecution UK (GWCT responds to hen harrier decline with calls for ‘limited cull’, GWCT back-pedalling on hen harrier cull idea). You must read this stuff – it’s so funny.
The National Gamekeepers Organisation: ‘RSPB Is Failing the Hen Harrier‘ and ‘the NGO feels the RSPB, by some of its actions, is beginning to fail the hen harrier. It is the moment for common sense and reason to resume. The RSPB needs to work with us and other like-minded organistions (sic) for the mutual good of birds and people.‘.