RSPB Gets It Wrong Again and – Is missing the target in its war on gamekeepers and estate owners. ‘The RSPB has become well known for making unsubstantiated accusations seemingly unconcerned that its claims however serious cannot always be backed up with firm evidence.’
2011 Fieldsports: Spring 26 April - By Adrian Blackmore. Cont -
Wonderful gorgous lovely little Hawfinch. Always shy and enigmatic with so many beautiful colourful markings.
Spending much of their time in the tops of trees.
Song like a Robins with high ticking calls.
Britains largest finch has a strong powerful bill – capable of cracking cherry stones. YES disgusting RED Ever Again – LIST… cry.
What – REALLY – Does Red List ‘mean’_dead. Next to ‘Extinct’?
Britain – Abysmal Failure – For ‘our’ Beautiful Hawfinch!
“Nature and ‘leave it to nature’ has never existed.” Mankind has interfered and dictated for all time. Now we must continue -
TO CORRECT all that we have thrown at and used up from – Nature.
Having created this chronic – ‘Imbalance’ –
“Against those species unable to adapt cope or compete and tragically to even be allowed to survive for much longer.”
Killing from more aggressive dominant birds and animals – ‘Predators Scavengers.’ Mankind -
View: 80 Euros buys You Songbird ‘Snack!’ Restaurants 50Million Euros Year! Black Market Thrives – ‘Trappers Push Birds Closer to Extinction!’
Cont: Claims are made every year of rare birds of prey being slaughtered and that gamekeepers and sporting estates are to blame.
Last autumn was no exception with Dr Mark Avery the RSPB’s Director of Conservation claiming that persecution associated with land managed for driven grouse shooting remained the main reason for the hundreds of missing pairs of England’s hen harriers and that the persecution of all birds of prey remained devastatingly common.
Neither Defra nor National England were prepared to provide a comment on the media release that contained these sweeping allegations with the result that the RSPB had to go to the Ramblers and Northern England Raptor Forum for their input instead.
It also generated very little publicity in the media and one has to wonder whether it was that disappointment which led to Dr Avery making his most recent allegations in the RSPBs media release which revealed the results of the 2010 Hen Harrier Survey. They have claimed that this survey showed a 20% decline in the birds UK and Isle of Man population in the last six years and that the biggest single factor affecting the species is illegal killing.
Needless to say Dr Avery did not hesitate to once again firmly place the blame on gamekeepers but this time he also decided to blame their land-owning masters for putting them under pressure to do so it being his belief that in reality it is often landowners who effectively force their employees to break the law.
Glorious prominent crest reddish-brown to grey with black throat small black mask
round eyes. Body all shades of pale grey with red wing-spots.
Beautiful – Outstanding with yellow wing and tail tips.
Fabulous exotic unbelievably beautiful – Waxwing – High chatterer song call notes.
TO BECOME EXTINCT? God ‘HELP’ them! Who else will?
Summer influx changes certain area figures but not consistent.
Need: Bushes trees berries.
Waxwing – Scandalous – Less than 100 Britain… cry.
‘Our’ Disaster. Despicable dismay!
‘Magpie’: Latin meaning – ‘An appetite for substances unfit as food. Eating anything.’
Perfect reference – For killer magpies.
Magpies rarely ‘eat’ that which they KILL – MAGPIES ARE JUST A–KILLING MACHINE Of – All Our – ‘Garden Songbirds!’
Cont: In 2009 Natural England and the RSPB found that illegal persecution played no part in the breeding failures of hen harrier. The low figure on only six successful pairs being entirely due to natural causes. There were no confirmed cases of persecution against the species in 2008 or 2010 either side of this conclusion. So on what does the RSPB base it’s most recent claims given that the current decline cannot be attributed to illegal persecution?
Ironically the populations of all but one bird of prey are now at the highest levels since records began. The only species in decline is the kestrel.
It is also interesting that according to their own figures there has been only one confirmed incident of illegal persecution against hen harriers in the last six years and that was the alleged shooting of two birds at Sandringham in 2007.
Despite a through police investigation the bodies of neither bird were found and there was no ballistic or forensic evidence to show that any crime had been committed. Although the Crown Prosecution Service rightly concluded that no offence had taken place the RSPB chose to disagree. One can but wonder why.
If it is indeed illegal persecution that has resulted in recent declines then how is it that the RSPB is not blaming that for halving the population of hen harriers on the Isle of Man during their recent survey?
There are of cause no grouse moors on the Isle of Man so the RSPB has decided the reasons for this are unclear. Even it must know that this could be for any number of well documented reasons whether it is foxes or other birds of prey food supply weather or disturbance so why not admit it?
‘War’ by RSPB – “Getting it Wrong On Gamekeepers and Estate Owners.” – ‘Again’ RSPB!
Only last year an eagle owl was caught on CCTV attacking a hen harrier in the Forest of Bowland. The hen harrier was not seen again and the nest failed.
Elsewhere away from grouse moors even the RSPB has found to its own embarrassment that hen harriers cannot be made to settle and breed successfully.
At its Geltsdale upland reserve no hen harriers have bred successfully since 2006. There of cause its failure is due entirely to natural circumstances; not illegal persecution by its wardens!
The Countryside Alliance does not condone any act of illegal persecution but nor will it stand by while unsubstantiated allegations of criminal activity are levelled at landowners and their managers.
They have written to the RSPB asking either to provide the evidence on which Dr Avery has based his serious accusations or else to issue a public retraction. It will be interesting to see if either is forthcoming.
2011 Spring Fieldsports: By Adrian Blackmore
RSPB ‘Gets It Wrong Again’ – the RSPB “Has Become KNOWN for Making Unsubstantiated Accusations?” – ‘This Continuing War’ by RSPB?? – “Getting Things BADLY Wrong For Our Gamekeepers – And Estate Owners…!” – WHY???
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