Natural England is hiding from the media and hasn’t given a single interview about the general licences as far as I can see. Every journalist to whom I have spoken has said that NE is either not answering the ‘phone or is turning down interview requests. A bit odd for a public body.
I’ve just been on Farming Today talking about this subject – as was Minette Batters – and I expressed sympathy for land managers over the position they are in thanks to Natural England’s handling of the matter. Click here to listen.
I was at the every end of Today with Ann Mallalieu, the President of Countryside Alliance where I was described as one of ‘the usual suspects’. Click here to listen.
And currently the plan is to be on Jeremy Vine on Radio 2 at 12:30 today.
Daily Telegraph – Farmers banned from shooting birds on their land after Natural England backs down in face of Chris Packham challenge – Chris is quoted.
Birdguides – Natural England forced to revoke General Licences
Farmers Guardian – NE stops farmers from shooting crows and pigeons to protect crops includes more criticism of Natural England and a quote from George Dunn where he says that he thought that Wild Justice’s challenge to the General Licences was ‘a stab in the dark’.
See what Wild Justice says and what it actually did: