Raptor politics are running out of stories due to the fact that most Red Grouse moors have removed so much ‘vermin- birds of prey’ that they have nothing left to kill!
Everybody by now knows the story of the Hen Harrier and the reason why this iconic moorland raptor has now gone extinct in England, but the majority of people just sit there and say ‘What can we do?’ The Buzzard campaign was a test of our character as was the sell off of our the national forests the year before but still this government is intent on killing even more wildlife. Sparrowhawks, Peregrine Falcons, Cormorants, Goosander and even Otters are on their tips of their tongs and still you sit there and say ‘what can we do?’
Can we leave our wildlife heritage to the big conservation organisations to defend? NaturalEnglandand Scottish Natural Heritage no longer exist, having been weakened to the extent of just making do with ‘holding onto their jobs’. The RSPB sits on the fence making sure their patron does not have her feathers fluttered spending a fortune trying to keep their membership above 1 million. The National Trust is too tied up with land and stewardship therefore unlikely to ‘rock the boat’. The wildlife Trusts are too small to drag the others in and what about the Labour party? Lost their way trying to rid themselves of ‘New Labour’.
Which only leaves us and a few others screaming from the tops of our heads. The hardest thing is hitting the media with real stories for everybody to read. George Monbiot seemed to be an inspiration but where has he gone? Has he had his wings clipped!
Have we any support from any MPs out there? Have you tried writing to your local MP? Is this not the time to write regardless of what party so that you can at least get a response and then see what side of the fence he/she is sitting? Have you written to your local paper? Letter columns are often picked up by the bigger newspapers. Have you tried your local radio/TV? They are often looking for new stories. They would have to ask the question why is a member of the public getting so hot under the collar about this subject and then ask questions to the RSPB, Natural England etc why the public are asking such questions and what are they going to do about it.
If you have never popped your head above the parapet, this is the time to do it. Get stuck in. It only takes a short time of your life to make a difference and it is amazing how well it makes you feel. As they say inYorkshire’if you don’t try out, yoll not get nowt’!!