Prof Andrew Barker of the Lothian and Borders Raptor Study Group sounds like a bright guy. His whole-page letter in BB hits several nails on their heads. In particular his long experience of chatting to grouse shooting interests lead him, as mine leads me, to the view that attempts at conciliation with grouse shooting interests have failed and the time for chat is long gone. He says;
…despite decades of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, [some think] that some form of ‘shared solution] between shooting and conservation interests may still be possible. Yet how can there be proper dialogue as long as one of the parties continues to break the law at will?
So true, so true.
Elsewhere in this month’s BB, there is a retrospective confirmation of the identification of a Curlew (not Slender-billed) from 1960 by DNA analysis, a retrospectively identified first British record of the continental race, sinensis, of the the Cormorant from March 1873 as well as a lot of confusing photos of the Bardsey pipit of May 2016 which was, it seems, a Richard’s Pipit not a Blyth’s.
Elsewhere a long article aboutr Skokholm which I haven’t yet read and a long article abour Little Terns at Blakeney Point wose photos , graphs and tables I have looked at so far.
I used to read BB closely each month as I would take it with me on a train journey and see very few birds from the train as a result. Now I’m not travelling much I ought to have more time to settle down and read it but it doen’t seem to work that way.