Press release from Campaign for Freedom of Information

Government urged to drop post-Brexit prohibition on environmental disclosure Thirty six leading environmental, open government and other organisations have urged the government to drop a secrecy provision from draft legislation to improve environmental protection after Brexit. The organisations say the prohibition on disclosure “is wholly at odds with the public’s right to information” under existing…

SNH hands out non-toxic ammunition to goose shooters

This story about a Greylag Goose cull on Orkney caught my eye (largely because someone sent it to me – thank you!). I don’t know enough about the reasons behind the cull to comment on whether it is the least bit sensible but I was interested to see that the goose carcasses were to be…

Even more than you thought…

GWCT have just published a paper revising the number of released Pheasants and Red-legged Partridges released into the UK. Instead of there being roughly 50 million non-native gamebirds released into the UK countryside at this time of year, the figure has now (2016 estimates) risen to closer to 60 million (47m Pheasants and 10m Red-legged…

GWCT comes clean on lead

The move by Waitrose to require its game suppliers to supply game meat that has not been shot with lead ammunition from the 2020/21 shooting season is likely to have considerable knock-on impacts. The GWCT is the leading scientific authority used by the shooting industry and, for example, restaurants that sell game. For example, when…

Guest blog – Bermuda Petrel by Paul Sterry

Bird Photographer of the Year and the Bermuda Petrel The Cahow (to give it its local name) is Bermuda’s national bird and over the years this exquisite grey Pterodroma petrel has acquired almost mythical status, thanks to its remarkable story. Thought to be extinct for over three centuries, it was rediscovered and then brought back…