Last day of grouse shooting

Today is the last day of grouse shooting for 2018 – one day soon we will be able to write that it is the last day of driven grouse shooting ever.

It has not been a good year for the participants and supporters of driven grouse shooting and there is every prospect that 2019 will start with more bad news for them.  I’ll be  writing more about that towards the end of the year.

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4 Replies to “Last day of grouse shooting”

  1. Grouse shooting will end. But would the end come sooner if everyone worked together to bring that end about?
    I hear a lot that NGOs could, and should, do a lot more together rather than each doing their own thing. I think I can understand one of the reasons they don’t. After all, if all NGOs worked together, an argument might be made that they should amalgamate, thereby reducing their income.
    However, what I don’t understand is why certain blogs that purport to want to end grouse shooting have the same attitude.

    Tonight, LACS is holding a protest in London against Driven Grouse shooting on Yorkshire Water land. Unless you were a LACS member, you might not know that.
    How come this hasn’t been mentioned on this blog or that of RPUK?
    Agree or not with LACS, surely any protest against DGS is worth a mention?

  2. Mark, to be fair, LACS should not have allowed you to miss it.
    Utility Week Awards, Grosvenor House Hotel.

  3. Those opposing 'conservation' be it implementation on the ground or the campaigning for reform etc. would I suspect much prefer one target to aim at. Similarly I suspect Government would also prefer one or maybe a handful of groups so they could better try to 'manage' through their offerings of crumbs from the masters table or threats of investigation into charitable activities (via the gagging act).

    The above constraints are why I can see merit in a variety of other 'groups', in whatever form they take (charity, constituted or informal group). They can act rapidly if they are not beholding to a Government appointed board or variation of vested interest seats.

    They key is communication and networking amongst the cross section and collaboration where it can achieve positive benefit for nature conservation. Information and experience is also essential and that is acquired through good communication, so here's to Mark's continued endeavours in championing the cause to end DGS:)


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