The Field Magazine 1995 May: By; Antonia Macpherson – From – ‘1995’
I read with great interest and concern the article in the March issue (RSPB’s Pride and Prejudice) about the decimation of garden birds caused by the explosion in the number of sparrowhawks, kestrels and so on in the east of England.
‘In Norfolk there are large numbers of sparrowhawks all over the county and garden birds are disappearing daily in large numbers.’
Early last year I arranged a meeting of a number of very knowledgeable and experienced country people with local and national RSPB officials.
We made a strong case for some form of action, but were dismayed by the attitude of the representative from Sandy who said the RSPB would do nothing to promote any form of culling, reducing its protected status or take any other action.
We were told that when their food supply was exhausted in Norfolk, the predators would move on elsewhere. Such as the West Country where they were not yet a problem.
‘On a day when I had just found the feathers of possibly our last song thrush at a plucking post.’ – The RSPB had the gall to send me an appeal for money to save the song thrush. This money will be wasted so long as it ignores the evidence of what is happening on the ground.
The extent of its lack of contact with reality is demonstrated by an item in its catalogue promoting a device for feeding grey squirrels only – with a platform to enable them to feed in comfort.
“I Conclude With The Feeling That the RSPB Has Lost It’s Way.”
The Field 1995 May: - By Antonia Macpherson.
‘One Wonders Whether The RSPB Knows The Difference Between Sensible Conservation and Mindless Preservation.’
However on reflection one realises that it does and is at the same time cynical enough to pander to the uninformed and emotional ideas of its urban subscribers that is never to kill or cull anything but to take active measures against predators on or about its reserves when it suits.
It is perfectly clear that the urban subscriber has done nothing whatsoever in an active sense for conservation and is in no sense at all to be compared with the average shooting man who, in controlling pests of all kinds does far more.
H Foster, Malden Essex
The Field 1995 May: - Sounding The Alarm - By Mrs A Major -
‘I write in reference to the RSPB article in March issue, which refers to the fact that Britain’s cats are responsible for the death of 75 million songbirds a year.’
I am not disputing the number, as I know that the cat is the perfect killing machine.
I am a bird and animal lover and am continually rescuing or burying rabbits, mice and birds which my cats bring home.
I have six cats only four of which are avid hunters.
Those wear cats collars and I now make sure they have six bells fixed to them during daylight hours of the bird-breeding season. This cuts considerably the number of birds killed.
This works for me and my cats as they are frequently checked and monitored. Cats alone all day or out all night could get themselves into difficulties with a badly fitting collar or even wrongly attached bells. So make sure that your cats collar is the right size. Though it works and would work for everyone if they watched their cats more closely.
Mrs A Major, Whitchurch, Hampshire.
“1995” Decimation of British Songbirds - Caused by Explosion of – RSPB’s ‘Protected’ – Since ‘1954’ Sparrowhawks ! – Plus “Britain’s Cats ‘Are’ Responsible “1995” For The Death Of ’75’ Million Songbird Deaths A Year…”
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