Here are some quotes from a press release from Abzed’s Ian Gregory which was released yesterday morning:
From: Ian Gregory <email@example.com>
Sent: 27 January 2019 09:58
Subject: Official Figures Reveal RSPB’s “Increasing Failure” To Protect Endangered Birds
Embargo 00.01 Monday 28 January 2019
Government data shows the RSPB is four times less successful with hen harriers than other land managers
Only 13% of RSPB nests succeeded last year as the decline in the charity’s performance worsened
Conservationists say the RSPB needs to choose between “fatter foxes or more hen harriers
“The RSPB receives substantial taxpayer funds to support hen harriers. It is also spending substantial sums on lawyers taking the government to court to block its plans for the species. Yet where it matters – on RSPB reserves – the breeding success of hen harriers is falling behind. I am sure taxpayers would like an explanation,” said Andrew Gilruth of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.
“The increasing failure rate of hen harrier nests on RSPB reserves may be because there are a lot of foxes raiding the nests. The hard choice for the RSPB is between fatter foxes or more hen harriers. You can’t have both,” said Mr Gilruth.
Andrew Gilruth, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust: 07900 *** *** and 01425 651 ***
Ian Gregory, Abzed Communications: 020 7112 8680 and 07930 352 333
This is the same old nonsense and spin that always emanates from You Forgot the Birds. Abzed has grouse moors as its clients and one of the better known supporters of YFTB is Crispin Odey a supporter of the Conservative Party who can’t decide who he wants to be its leader except that they must be a hard Brexiteer (see here).
Blah blah blah. It’s really not worth going through this pile of ordure. I notice that YFTB still has images of Montagu’s Harrier and Pallid Harriers on its website, but not of Hen Harrier.
A stunningly beautiful male Montagu’s Harrier that has been mis-labelled as a Hen Harrier on the YFTB website for months.
It will be interesting to see whether any newspapers print any of this guff today. Ian Gregory peddles these stories often but is ignored by most journalists.
Andrew Gilruth’s quotes make no sense at all – unless they are designed simply to slag off the RSPB. Surely not? Remember, the GWCT is a charity.
The collusion by the GWCT in this nonsense plumbs new depths. GWCT has now put itself beyond the pale, and it is surprising that its new Chair, Sir James Paice (an ex-Defra minister), has allowed standards to drop even further than the low level set by his predecessor Ian Coghill.
It’s not surprising that scientific staff at GWCT are very miserable when their decent work is put in the shade by the spin of their Director of Membership, Marketing and Communication.
It will be interesting to see which statutory agencies and NGOs feel able to work with GWCT in future.