RSPB picks a fight over grouse shooting amid claims of politicking.

Congratulations are due to the RSPB as the Society are being accused by the shooting community of becoming more “noisy” over its political stance on issues such as grouse shooting.

Hen Harrier isle of man
Only 3 pairs of Hen Harrier successfully reared young in England this year
The bird charity claims birds of prey such as the Hen harrier are being illegally killed on driven grouse moors – 50 per cent of which are designated as Special Protection Areas (SPA) for the rare birds they support under European legislation.
The RSPB has sparked a row with countryside groups over grouse shooting by calling for moors to be licenced amid claims the charity is becoming increasingly politicised. Well done we say don’t you?

The charity is writing to all major political parties urging them to introduce a robust licensing system “to prevent the wanton destruction of wild birds which includes of course many iconic birds of prey”.

3 comments to RSPB picks a fight over grouse shooting amid claims of politicking.

  • nirofo

    AH, The awakening after a long sleep, have they only just realised that the UK’s Raptors have been under extreme threat from persecution at the hands of the grouse shooting estates for decades, that the moorland environment has been selfishly manipulated into what is virtually a monoculture with only one purpose, RED GROUSE. Maybe somebody at the RSPB has at last realised that what has been said on this blog and others by many experienced ornithologists and environmentalists for many years is unfortunately very true and is getting worse. Have they now come to the conclusion that this has gone on for far too long and it’s time they at last did something serious about it, well, better late than never, WELL DONE AND DON’T LET UP NOW YOU’VE STARTED, use your considerable influence where it will hurt them most !!!

  • harrier man

    Lobby their membership get them to sign Mark Avery’s petition to ban driven grouse shooting how many members are there in the RSPB? Over a million surely most would sign.

    Editor’s Comment. We are advised the RSPB have stated categorically they will not support Dr Avery’s petition to ban driven red grouse shooting.

    • nirofo

      Quote Editors Comment:
      “We are advised the RSPB have stated categorically they will not support Dr Avery’s petition to ban driven red grouse shooting.”

      Does that mean that they have to many badly placed irons in the fire and are afraid to remove them in case they burn themselves ???