BY JOHN NASH Dear CSM Reader. You are probably vaguely aware by now that there is something very, very, wrong with this dying government’s attitude to rural matters. After all, most people who make a living on or from the land thought they could rely on the Conservative Party for its down-to-earth policies – policies that once balanced the touchy-feely, self-centred anthropomorphic dreams of … Continue reading The Cancer at the Heart of Extremist Animal Rights Lunacy
BY MARK BIRD In the second week of June I spent a week on and around The Strathy Estate (unmanaged), RSPB Forsinard and The Auchentoul Estate (managed primarily for stalking). The weather was excellent and below is the list of vertebrate species I either saw or heard over that time period. As impressive as the list may be, what was most notable was the sheer … Continue reading Managed Moorlands Wildlife Deserts?
BY STEVE GRANT Body cameras and dashcams for gamekeepers. Have things descended to this? As reported last week, BASC revealed the results of a new survey which showed almost two-thirds – 64 per cent – of gamekeepers across the UK have received abuse and threats purely because of their occupation. Among the 1,000 responses to the survey are shocking reports of gamekeepers receiving death threats … Continue reading Gamekeepers’ Body Cams & Dashcams
BY NIGEL BEAN Following on from our article about him last weekend, on Monday the 8th December the clearly rattled BBC TV wildlife presenter and balaclava wearer Chris Packham deigned to address his “trolls” on video and attempted to defend himself via social media, referencing the integrity of the group Wild Justice and the charity of which he is a trustee, The Wildheart Trust – … Continue reading Fundraising Regulator Probes Wildheart & Chris Packham
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ The second year in a row and we find a bird of prey conveniently turns up dead two weeks before the grouse shooting season starts on 12th August. Last year it was a Hen Harrier caught in a trap – an incident that appears to have been staged to catch the headlines; an incident carefully designed not only to … Continue reading Who Killed the Sea Eagle?
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Wild Justice have launched a campaign to fight the new and necessary proposed badger cull because they say the Government has backtracked on its original proposal to move to a vaccination-based policy. So it would appear a letter sent to the Minister for the Environment, George Eustice, by the Badger Trust and supported by LACS, RSPCA, IFAW and the … Continue reading Wild Claims from Wild Justice
BY JAMES BARRINGTON Asking what methods of wildlife management anti-hunting or anti-shooting groups actually support, as opposed to the activities they are keen to condemn, should always be part of any debate surrounding field sports. The usual response is either a deafening silence or an idealistic ‘leave it all to nature’. Practical examples of how these alternative models of the countryside might look tend to … Continue reading The Blindness of Zealots
BY JAMIE FOSTER The latest outbreak in the war between the town and the countryside was caused by Natural England rescinding the general licence for shooting pest species of birds after campaigning by anti-shooting group Wild Justice headed up by Chris Packham. The rescinding of the general licence has left farmers and landowners in the lurch with no way of controlling predatory species such as … Continue reading Town V Countryside?