Another thunderous week for Findlay


Another week – another million added to the social reach on Findlay Wilde’s thunderclap.  Well done Finn – and your namesake is a mum too!  A good week!

A social media thunderclap is a device where a single message is sent out to the social media contacts of everyone who signs up.  So if you follow me, @markavery, on Twitter, or if you are my friend on Facebook, then you will get this message at 09:30 on 12 August:

‘I want to see an end to raptor persecution in the uplands. Criminal activity needs to be stopped #Inglorious12th’

If you haven’t signed up yet, then please do, if you’d like that message to get as wide a publication as possible – you can do that by clicking here and following the instructions (which aren’t that difficult but some seem to find them difficult!).

There are almost three weeks left to sign up – 9 million might just be possible; and if 9 is possible then why not 10?

Here’s an update from the figures that Findlay shared with me:


Supporters with over 100,000 followers – two new ones since last week:

@Asamsakti  1.26m

@blessedatworld  497k

@phil500  354k

@Protect_Wldlife 292k

@iwanrheon 273k

@natures_voice That’s the RSPB’s Twitter handle! 265k

@RSPCA_official 241k

@SnowCalmth 212k

@chrisgpackham @190k

@georgemonbiot 185k

@twowitwowoo  178k

@Lionheart0075 155k

@natalieben 141k

@seasaver 134k

@wildlifetrusts 115k


Notable individuals:

@johnsauven  John Sauven, Director, Greenpeace UK

@craigbennett3  Craig Bennett, Director, Friends of the Earth

@GreenKeithMEP  Keith Taylor Green MEP

@mike__clarke  Mike Clarke, RSPB Chief Executive

@martinrspb  Martin Harper, RSPB Conservation Director

@Patrick_Barkham Journalist

@steveormerod  Prof Steve Ormerod, RSPB Chair of Council

@KerryMP Kerry McCarthy MP

@DerbyChrisW  Chris Williamson MP

@B_Strawbridge  Brigit Strawbridge, environmental campaigner

@MollyMEP Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP

@EduardoGoncalves Chief Exec of League Against Cruel Sports

@TiernanDouieb  comedian

@TheUrbanBirder  David Lindo




Other notable supporters:

@BCA1967 Buxton Civic Society

@Birdwatchextra Birdwatch magazine the UK’s best!

@CumbriaWildlife  Cumbria Wildlife Trust

@DerbysWildlife  Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

@WTWales Wildlife Trusts Wales

@ecotricity my electricity and gas supplier

@LeagueACS The League Against Cruel Sports

@Nick_Miles  Emmerdale star

@RaptorPersScot  Raptor persecution campaigning website

@RaptorPolitics  Raptor website

@RareBirdAlertUK  Alerting you to rare birds







@Team4Nature Wildlife campaigning for the people



It’s good to see some more RSPB Twitter accounts joining the thunderclap – there are many more to come, I assume.

It’s also good to see a small number of county wildlife trusts joining in – but where are the rest?

There’s good support from the Green Party – though not yet their one MP and joint leader Caroline Lucas.

Two Labour MPs have signed up so far, but not the Hen Harrier champion in parliament, Angela Smith, whose constituency includes large chunks of the Peak District.

I was very glad to see Ecotricity giving their support – remember they sponsored the satellite tag which is on Finn the Hen Harrier.




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1 Reply to “Another thunderous week for Findlay”

  1. Legislation to remedy this situation is urgently required and long overdue.


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