The story so far:
Smidgeons of information on gull culls from NE – 14 February 2018
Bowland gull cull licensing facts still kept secret by NE – 6 February 2018
FOI Bowland gull cull – November 2017
Quick response from NE on Bowland gull cull – 7 September 2017
Any NE news on Bowland gull cull? – 5 September 2017
Response from NE on Bowland gull cull – 15 August 2017
Those gulls again – 10 July 2017
RSPB calls on Natural England to act – 7 July 2017
On 9 March I asked for the following:
Please supply copies of all correspondence (paper or email) between *********, whose job title is, I believe NE **************** but is sometimes known as the******************** (or similar), and the Abbeystead Estate in the period July-December 2017 inclusive.
Please supply a list of phone calls and dates between ************ and the Abbeystead Estate in August and September 2017 and a summary of the areas covered in those calls. Did they involve conversations about the culling of gulls in the Forest of Bowland area?
many thanks, have a nice weekend.
On Friday afternoon (6 April)(NE always seems to answer my FoI requests late on a Friday afternoon), I was told that NE need another 20 days to answer because of ‘the complex nature of the request’.
A bunch of gulls were, it seems, killed in a Special Protection Area for Birds which was, at least partly, originally notified because of its importance, in Europe, for those gulls. If that’s not correct then I’m surprised that NE hasn’t said so.
Was this activity licensed by NE? If not, I’m surprised that NE hasn’t said so.
Did NE staff give the impression that they were relaxed about a gull cull in this area because they were talking to important stakeholders involved in grouse moor management? Perhaps that is what NE is investigating very very slowly. This is a murky story which is looking murkier and murkier for as long as NE fail to explain the role of their staff, to justify what happened or to tell the public what actions NE has taken on this matter. We deserve an explanation of what went on in Bowland and we deserve that explanation now.