Day One of the Sheffield Conference “Raptors, Uplands & Peatlands – Land Management & Issues” yielded an interesting selection of quotes across a range of speakers.
It has to be said that there was certainly selective quotes used by some to try to further their particular case(s), but ever the case when politics enters the arena at the expense of robust facts? There were plenty of placatory sound bytes but also some excellent talks based on studies, so a collection of thought provoking offerings. Tomorrow promises more but in the interim dear readers could you match the quotes to the speakers?
Day One speakers are listed at the bottom of this post. Please note that I have not provided a quote from each, some speakers have more than one quote offered here and not all speakers are quoted. Answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
“Love these moors with a passion”: A member of the RSPB and who recognised the work of Moors for the future on the most degraded moorland [locally]. Mentioned the RSPBs withdrawal from the Hen Harrier Action Plan. That the challenge is clear now and that whilst politicians prefer consensus, grouse shooting is now in the ‘last chance saloon’ and a precursor to any compromise is that the illegal killing has to stop.
Chris Packham was described as “talking out of his a**e” because of his view that it’s about the science.
“A junior keeper acting on his own” [referring to a recent pole trap incident].
“It was an utter disgrace” and “it really is despicable” [reference to illegal activity].
“Everything done to date had not produced anything” [reference to the decades of seeking consensus and compromise].
Referring to the southern re-introduction “sourced birds would not be from northern England but European and the programme would follow IUCN guidelines”.
“Government has made it clear that it will not ban it [DGS], or licence it, but it will back the Defra six point plan”.
“It’s a trial, [but only] when the threshold is reached”.
I did ask the Natural England representative (Policy) later what that threshold was, but …. guess what, so watch this space perhaps?
“A lot of moorland land managers are signed up all ready to be receptor moors, many would be honoured to have hen harriers on their land”.
Paid tribute to Mark Avery’s “Juggernaut”.
“Scotland are ahead of England as they have Vicarious Liability”.
“Vicarious Liability has so far not been allowed in England”.
The fact that the Minister refusing to consider this option was himself a grouse moor owner might have been a factor in this issue?
Day One speakers:
Angela Smith MP, Steve Redpath (Uni. of Aberdeen), Stephen Murphy (NE), Adrian Jowitt (NE), Philip Merricks (H&OT), Pat Thompson (RSPB), Adam Smith (GWCT), Alan Charles (former Derbyshire PCC) and Mark Avery (Inglorious).
Who should get the right to kill this? A Hen Harrier to feed its young or shooters for a hobby? Image (with permission): Tim Melling.