OK, this is a serious matter. There has, for the first time, been a serious difference of opinion on strategy between factions of Wild Justice and its legal team.
The strategic matter under dispute is how to write the name of the group of birds in which pheasants and partridges are found. Are they game birds or gamebirds, or even conceivably, game-birds?
Sharp words have been spoken and various authorities cited but the matter is still somewhat unresolved – we may need to seek a legal ruling (but if I ‘lose’ I’m going to the court of appeal if necessary).
It probably won’t surprise you that I am in the gamebird camp. It shouldn’t surprise you because that is how I write the word (for it surely can’t be two words) in this blog. On my side I have some fairly powerful allies: British Birds journal, the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, BASC and as far as I can make out, the Countryside Alliance.
On the other, the wrong, side are The Guardian and the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
Hmmm – have I fallen in with a bad crowd?
I am seriously interested in which you would select and if anyone has any gems of wisdom as to why opinion is divided, any historical perspective or any other thoughts then I’d be keen to hear what they are.
But for now, cast your vote, please, and then press the green DONE button:
Thank you! For more on game bird releases and gamebird releases see here.