Conservation’s Dirty Secrets

[singlepic id=315 w=200 h=113 float=left]Dispatches reporter Oliver Steeds travels the globe to investigate the conservation movement and its major organisations. Steeds finds that the movement, far from stemming the tide of extinction that’s engulfing the planet, have got some of its conservation priorities wrong.

The film to be broadcast at 8pm on Channel 4 on Monday 20 June, examines the way big conservation charities are run. It questions why some work with polluting big businesses to raise money and are alienating the very people they would need to stem the loss of species from earth.

Conservation is massively important but few dare question the movement. Some critics argue that it is  part getting it wrong, and that, as a consequence, some of the flora and fauna it seeks to save are facing extinction.


Perhaps this programme should now consider investigating the demise of England’s hen harrier population and the total failure of Natural England’s Hen Harrier Recovery Project to turn the situation around before it’s too late. The programme should ask the question was this failure a result of placing political relationships with shooting estates before the well-being of this iconic moorland raptor?

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4 comments to Conservation’s Dirty Secrets

  • May I ask a possibly naive question? Based on your comment relating to Natural England’s Hen Harrier Recovery Project, is there any news on when the long anticipated report or scientific paper on its findings will be published?. Am I wrong in thinking that it is overdue or am I somewhat in advance of things?

  • chrissie harper

    I shall be watching this with interest and will enjoy watching a few of the so called conservation organisations trying to squirm their way out of all the cock ups they have made and what are they going to say about all the millions of pounds that the public have donated to them, are they honestly going to tell the truth, I don’t think so as if they do they will be losing a lot of members and a lot of support.

    It is about time some of these NGO’s were looked at and asked to account for themselves as they have been leading us up the garden path for to long.

    Don’t quite know what format this program will take but hope that the truth finally comes out, especially where some of their money comes from.

  • paul williams

    You don’t bite off the hand that feeds you…a great quote on this programme