I was innocently browsing through Twitter when the excellent Chris Packham highlighted this petition. Perhaps we can arrange for all the rabid hunting supporters to be absent from the ensuing debate.
It's currently standing at 4,970 signatures.
I'm adding a link to the petition to license driven grouse shooting even though I'd personally like to see it consigned to history. Licensing it is probably better than nothing at all.
Blimey, I've just read Mark Avery's blog on the culling of LBB gulls on Bowland. I'd no idea this was going on. It just makes me sick to my stomach. And there was I naively thinking that Natural England was on the side of wildlife. It seems not. No wonder Hen Harriers are under such threat.
Thanks for the link Clare
Signed, 5526 now.
TeeJayBlimey, I've just read Mark Avery's blog on the culling of LBB gulls on Bowland. I'd no idea this was going on. It just makes me sick to my stomach. And there was I naively thinking that Natural England was on the side of wildlife. It seems not. No wonder Hen Harriers are under such threat.
Up to 5,617 now.
TJ, News to me, too--terrible!
Let's hope that this one reaches,or exceeds,the numbers where parliament has to discuss the problem. If anyone followed the last attempt it seemed a bit of a whitewash at the discussion stage,the facts put forward by the RSPB and others seemed to be ignored but at least it put the problem out there for the public to see what is happening in our beautiful countryside. As the recording area for our little club based in Nidderdale is surrounded by grouse moors and most of the owners seem hell bent on keeping the area at the top of the league for the area with the highest wildlife crime figures. We feel pretty helpless about this as all we can do is sign petitions and get out there on the moors to show we care.
5,778 now. Only 94,222 to go.
Looking forward to when these figures will be reversed.
Good morning, all. We're at 5,953 now.
Good morning, all. We're at 6,553 now.
See the link below from the BBC website, another example of the responsible (not) attitude of grouse estates.
We're now up to 7,754.
Just looked again and it's at 8,293.