Those French – unbelievable what they do

In the Languedoc area of France, the bourgoisie kill House Sparrows by throwing daggers at them.  It’s a traditional pastime that came into existence when technology allowed the perfect manufacture of sets of spadger daggers. Many areas of the Languedoc are managed to produce high numbers of sparrows for la chasse.  Trees are felled (sparrows…

What they say 7:

From: Hen Harriers: your essential brief by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust: Q: Is discussion of a ban on driven grouse shooting simplistic? A: Yes. Firstly, it ignores the wider conservation, employment and economic benefits of moorland managed for grouse; and secondly, it fails to address why there are so few hen harriers on…

FoI Friday – 4

Dear Defra You may have noticed, though I wouldn’t bet on it, that there is an e-petition relevant to you rapidly gathering signatures. Once it reaches 10,000 signatures, you will have to reply to it.  I point this out to you so that you might, with all this warning, make a better fist of it…

Shooting – good for wildlife?

BBC Countryfile magazine has a poll about the good that shooting does in the countryside following the Countryfile programme last Sunday. The poll asks ‘Does the shooting industry do more good than harm to Britain’s wildlife?’.  I know several people who have voted in the opposite way to that which they intended because of the…

Progress

Our e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting in England has, today, entered only its seventh week of life.  Doesn’t it seem longer than that? Yesterday, just as Brazil kicked off with high hopes against Germany (did Brazil have the first kick of the match – I missed the first few minutes?) our e-petition passed 7000…