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April 2016

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Special Talk for Central London Group - "Hen Harriers & Grouse Shooting"

Special Talk for Central London Group - "Hen Harriers & Grouse Shooting"

Hen harriers are probably the most heavily persecuted birds in the UK. In England, they are, for all practical purposes, extinct as breeding birds. In Wales, Scotland and Ireland their numbers are way below what might reasonably be expected. The reason? They eat red grouse. Red grouse that a few people will pay a lot of money to shoot. Despite having the strongest legal protection, hen harriers are shot, trapped and poisoned by gamekeepers on grouse moors.

So far this distillation of the hen harriers' situation, culled, if you will excuse the expression, from Mark Avery's book, 'Inglorious, Conflict in the Uplands', is uncontroversial. Even shooting organizations have to accept that persecution occurs, although insisting it is carried out by 'a few bad apples'. What is controversial is Mark's solution to the problem; a complete ban of driven grouse shooting.

Mark is a scientist by training and a naturalist by inclination. He worked for the RSPB for 25 years and was its Conservation Director for nearly 13 years. In 2011 he stood down to go freelance and now writes and comments on environmental issues. He has been described as the 'best blogger in the business'. Expect passion and huge knowledge when he speaks to us about the campaign to ban driven grouse shooting. He will also describe the other negative effects of intensive management of upland areas for grouse shooting, including its effect on water quality, flooding and peat degradation.

Venue: St Columba's Church Hall, Pont Street, Knightsbridge SW1X 0BD

The talk starts at 6.45pm

RSPB members £4 Non-members £5 Under 16s free

Everyone welcome No need to book

Tea, coffee & biscuits available before the talk Doors open 6.15 pm

How to find Central London RSPB Local Group: Easy to get to (near Harrods)

Tube: Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line) 5-8 mins' walk; Sloane Sq (District & Circle Lines) 15 mins.

Bus: 9, 10, 52 (Knightsbridge); 14, 74, 414, C1 (Brompton Rd, passing western end of Beauchamp Place); 19, 22, 137, 452, C1 (Sloane St, passing eastern end of Pont St).

Parking: some around the church (free after 18.30h); they are outside the congestion charge zone.

For Mark's blog go to:

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

A Year on My Local Patch

A Year on My Local Patch

Mote Park, Maidstone has a big lake in a big park with big trees. It's the local patch for Simon Ginnaw - a wildlife tour guide, who has been observing the wildlife there since his childhood.

If you click on the 'Download file' link, then you will see the striking poster that David (our Publicity officer) produced to advertise this talk.

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