There are various opinions as to why the RSPB supported the Defra Hen Harrier Action Plan in the first place and now there are a number of assessments as to the very public withdrawl from it.
Irrespective of the reasoning for either scenario, they may well have, at a very fortuitous point in the calendar dealt a considerable blow to the new politicians at Defra? Erudite as ever, Avery ponders Ms Coffey’s capability to pick up the pieces left by her departing colleagues. He reminds us that as Ms Truss departed Defra she rejected the findings of the Lead Ammunition Group and it is certainly worth readers recapping on that ‘saga’ and easy enough to by using the links provided in Avery’s blog posts on the various ‘chapters’ which can be found via the menu on the right hand side of his blog under the heading ‘Lead’. He also asks us to remember the speech by Theresa May about being on the side of the many rather than the powerful few? Here’s your chance to live up to those fine words. [May et. al.]
Martin Harper suggests that by their withdrawing support licensing is the only viable option. Many conservationists never believed the [In]Action Plan had any chance of success, despite as Harper writes the RSPB played a full part in the production of Defra’s Hen Harrier Action Plan and despite disagreeing with certain points (notably brood management), welcomed its publication earlier this year. The RSPB appears to be supporting licensing despite many believing and providing some case studies as to why it is unlikely to work. Are they following the previous model …. “I’m generally very patient. My natural preference is to build partnerships and work to make positive change from the inside with those who want to abide by the law and deliver progress.” Laudable but the decline continues apace for the magnificent Hen Harrier and other raptors.
But, let’s celebrate this announcement and let’s keep the momentum up that this carnage in the uplands must stop.
Please spread the word, persuade friends, family , work colleagues and anyone who loves wild places and wild things to join Avery, Packham, Oddie et. al. to Ban Driven Grouse Shooting.
See other assessments of today’s announcement
And from the metaphoric horse’s mouth, via Martin Harper’s blog:
Another useful site to offer friends in order that they can understand some of the background which has brought us to the current situation is Raptors Alive UK
For more information on events and gatherings this year across the country see details via HHD