I asked NE in July and September, about their role in the Bowland gull cull and I did again in early November. This time I got a sensible answer about whether I would get an answer eventually. Such is how we now measure responses from our statutory nature conservation organisation.
What I sent:
Further to my requests of 10 July and 5 September I ask for the following information:
Has NE consented culling of Lesser Black-backed Gull in the Bowland Fells SSSI for this year?
Was an appropriate assessment made of the impact on the conservation interest of the Bowland Fells SPA before any consent was issued?
Please may I see the appropriate assessment if it exists?
Your previous responses have said that an investigation is ongoing – but have not indicated when it may be concluded nor made any promise to reply to this enquiry when the information is available. You’ve had plenty of time to conclude an investigation by now.
What I got back a week later:
Thank you for your email.
I have been in contact with the Area Team and they have confirmed that the investigation is ongoing and moving to its final stages. Although a timescale cannot be confirmed at this point in time.
They will respond to your questions once the investigation is concluded.