It is appropriate, perhaps, that a year ago today Natural England issued a licence for the brood meddling of Hen Harriers. Tomorrow will see the third and final day of the court hearing of my legal challenge, and a similar but separate one by the RSPB, against that decision. We will not hear the judge’s verdict for a while, where ‘a while’ is most likely to be a few weeks or a very few months.
I’d like to thank all of you who have helped along the way through a massive crowdfunding response, messages of support and answering questions. I’ve had to put in a lot of hours into this legal challenge, and a lot of emotional investment too, but I have been very happy to do so, and I couldn’t have done it without all of you being alongside me. Thank you.
I’d also like to thank my (our) legal team; Tessa Gregory and Lewis Hadler of Leigh Day and David Wolfe and Zoe Leventhal from Matrix Chambers. They have not only been sparklingly bright but great colleagues too. They are committed to the case (and the cause) and I am convinced that we have given it our best shot.