Beccy did well but then, rather out of the blue, she was asked about grouse shooting and the fact that some people, including Chris Packham, want to ban it. She said some sensible things (though not as sensible as ‘Yes, we’ll get nowhere with the uplands until it is banned’) and talked about peat.
Any mention of grouse shooting interests me, but I wasn’t expecting this one to pop up here. I’m probably putting two and two together to make five but I have heard a rumour that Defra is weakening on its resolve to ban burning of blanket bogs. The new minister may have been nobbled by a bunch of Lords? In the Johnson government hubris about getting out of the EU without a deal, come what way etc, this offers succour to, and emboldens, those who are breaking EU environmental laws
The RSPB ought to have been taking a much stronger public stance on grouse moors – by which I mean they should have been publicly promoting their weak and foolish policy of licensing far better. And actually, RSPB missed an opportunity to draw a line in the and in this piece yesterday if the rumours are true. Beccy should have said the milder version of ‘There will be hell to pay if Defra renege on their promises to us (the RSPB) and to the European Commission to tackle unsustainable burning’. RSPB has not campaigned n this subject so they haven’t raised the ante. Tactical error.
But the most useful thing you can do on this subject in the next couple of weeks (maybe) is to sign this e-petition and it’s not too late for the RSPB to jump on board (pretty late, but not absolutely too late).
Please sign this e-petition calling for driven grouse shooting to be banned.