Patrick Barkham in the Guardian: Conservationists say government scheme, aimed at placating grouse moor land owners who object to the birds breeding on their land, will not boost numbers of the endangered birds.
There’s a good quote from the RSPB but we are all wondering what the RSPB will actually do now.
There’s a very revealing quote from Amanda foot-in-mouth Anderson who basically confirms that this licence is for the benefit of grouse shooters not Hen Harriers. She actually says that it is a win-win situation but since she has only canvassed the views of people who pay her wages and shoot red Grouse and not a single Hen Harrier then it’s pretty clear what she means.
Andrew Sells says nothing of note – can you imagine his great conservation predecessors allowing such an action and then supporting it in public? Natural England is not fit for purpose – not for any conservation purpose anyway.
We cannot rely on our politicians or our statutory agencies to act in the best interests of nature cosnervation but we don’t need to take their actions lying down – please sign Gavin Gamble’s e-petition in favour of banning driven grouse shooting to send a strong message to our failed government and statutory nature conservation sector that they are getting this wrong. Other adminstrations will be available – and already are in Scotland.