My question to Defra 0n 21 November:
What is the status of the complaint made by the RSPB and Ban the Burn campaigners of Hebden Bridge against the UK government and to the European Commission regarding management practices on grouse moors?
When will Defra make a public comment on the case?
Defra’s response to me today:
Dear Mr Avery,
Thank you for your email of 21 November about the Hebden Bridge complaint.
I am afraid we are unable to comment on ongoing legal proceedings.
Ministerial Contact Unit
Watch this space – Defra will be making a comment on this pretty soon. Could be 22 December or even between Christmas and the New Year to minimise publicity (that won’t work) but I’d say it might be even sooner. And it won’t be good news for grouse moor managers (which is why there has been so much heather burning recently…).
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