Just for the record…

Natural England (yes, them again) have behaved very peculiarly in not releasing a report by the BTO on impacts of Badgers on birds (see here, here, here and here). Natural England say I can’t see the report which they cited in another document, and I complained, which meant they had to carry out an internal…

Driven grouse shooting – a mingle underpinned by wildlife crime

Coverage of the government ruling on whether Red Grouse shooting (open season 12 Aug- 10 Dec) and Pheasant shooting (open season 1 Oct – 1 Feb in England, Wales and Scotland) can go ahead has been phenomenal. I’ve had journalists phone me up today struggling to understand why their editor is wanting another piece on…

Letter to my MP – all three parts

This is a letter sent to my MP today. This instalment brings the letter up to date with the highlighted paragraphs. Dear Mr Pursglove PROTECTION OF HEN HARRIERS You are always kind enough to respond to me and you were particularly informative and helpful in our recent exchange. Thank you. You have now posted your…

Social distancing from the tax man

It’ll be the beaters who will bear the brunt of any laxity in precautions. Of course, head keepers, shoot managers and owners will keep a list of all involved. If only HMRC could have a look at those lists and check them against tax returns. All those cash-in-hand payments obviously get declared, don’t they? Likes(39)Dislikes(5)

Letter to my MP – parts 1 and 2 of three

This is a letter sent to MP today. This is the second instalment dealing with the matter of burning in the uplands (paragraph in bold). Dear Mr Pursglove PROTECTION OF HEN HARRIERS You are always kind enough to respond to me and you were particularly informative and helpful in our recent exchange. Thank you. You…