Gamekeepers Help Fight Wildlife Crime according to the National Gamekeepers Organisation

The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) has told MP’s that gamekeepers are a force for good in fighting wildlife crime. In written and oral evidence provided for the Environmental Audit Select Committee, the NGO said that:

  • Gamekeepers are the eyes and ears of the countryside, often outnumbering rural police by more than ten to one and with an occupation that puts them in poll position to notice and report on wildlife crimes of many types.
  • Poaching remains the biggest wildlife crime by far, with thousands of reported incidents each year.
  • Poachers are often associated with other serious criminality and while recent police initiatives in many reas have been succesful in leading to more convictions, current budget cuts threaten a resurgence of poaching in some areas.

The National Gamekeepers Organisation  responded robustly to comments from the RSPB and others that gamekeepers are themselves to blame for wildlife crimes.

(Who else could be responsible we would argue for the almost total disappearance of iconic raptors like hen harrier, peregrine and goshawk from the bulk of England uplands in the 21st Century?) We should point out that had Adolf Hitler’s Minister for Propaganda Joseph Corbels been alive today he would have been proud of this attempt to mislead parliement with such arogance. The next question are there any MP’s foolish enough to fall for such utter and complete rubbish?

“The very few gamekeepers who break the law are a tiny minority, shunned by the profession and not representative,” the NGO told MP’s.

There is a perception, encouraged by those hostile to shooting, that gamekeepers are on the wrong side of wildlife law: they are not. Annual convictions of gamekeepers are in low single figures and amount to less than one in a thousand members of the profession.”

The organisation said gamekeepers should be seen as a force for good in fighting wildlife crime and urged MP’s to foster that view.

Click here for the full NGO evidence.

After reading the propaganda provided by the NGO in their written evidence, there is now only one course of action remaining, we should turn over the conservation and protection of raptors throughout England’s upland estates  to the NGO

8 comments to Gamekeepers Help Fight Wildlife Crime according to the National Gamekeepers Organisation

  • gamehawker

    there is now only one course of action remaining, we should turn over the conservation and protection of raptors throughout England’s upland estates to the NGO

    Good call.

    Editor’s Comment, strange we were thinking along the same lines. Did you know that only those individuals associated with raptor conservation/protection need licenses to visit and disturb nests, gamekeepers/stalkers have not been required to comply with the same regulations for as long as we can recall!

  • harrier man

    These statements are laughable beyond all belief.

    • nirofo

      Laughable they may be, unfortunately the people they intend this rubbish to influence, (MP’s etc) actually believe it.

  • paul williams

    Do we have any details of gamekeepers reporting wildlife crimes…..forget this posting.

  • skydancer

    If gamekeepers are the “eyes and ears of the countryside” then the ones who work in the Forest of Bowland must all be blind,deaf and dumb because they have not been seeing, hearing or reporting what has been going on there for many years.

    • nirofo

      You’re misinterpreting the meaning of wildlife crime in this context, gamekeepers don’t recognise Raptors as wildlife, they class them as vermin, so therefore in their close blinkered nether world no crime has been committed so nothing to report!

  • Kelvin Hughes

    if some members of the ngo carried out what they preach then there wouldnt be a need for discussion my grandfather was gamekeeper for nearly 50yrs he never killed a bird of prey in his life but what do we see in the papers how game keepers are posioning and shooting birds of prey

  • Viv Mc Farland

    The gamekeepers up the road from me have been seen by many openly shooting birds of prey. I saw a buzzard shot out of a tree, it was one of a breeding pair looking for a nest site and have informed the police.

    The other circled around for days crying out and now that one has gone too. All the owls have disappeared too. Another gamekeeper was found with frozen poisoned Peregrine falcons which presumably were to sell for taxidermy? I find this all quite disturbing. The more game birds to be shot during shooting season,the more money to be made. It all boils down to money.