Licenses allowed Buzzards to be killed inside the pheasant rearing pens, Why? Why?
Natural England recently issued a licence permitting the control of up to 10 buzzards to prevent damage to pheasants poults. What Natural England did not admitted until now was that the licence they issued was to control Buzzards predating young pheasants inside the rearing pens and not outside. (See last paragraph in the letter below sent by DEFRA). The question that must now be asked, why were these pens not covered when holding pheasant poults preventing any buzzards gaining entry from the top of the pen, hence no licence needed?
Pheasant pen correctly covered by netting which prevents Buzzards from predating pheasant poults within. Simple.
So now the government is replying to all those who signed a petition to halt these licenses being issued in the first place, and guess what – they are also using the plural licenses, so they are going to kill a lot more Buzzards in the support of the ‘Rural Economies’!!
Buzzards can be prevented from gaining access into a pheasant pen by simply covering the top of the pen with netting. So before considering issuing a licence to kill 10 Buzzards why did Natural England fail to check if the pens had been covered by netting first?
So a coal miner can lose his job but not a game keeper! I wonder why!! Because ‘ this approach strikes a balance between conserving wildlife and supporting our rural economy’ says the government. I wonder why so many staff from the old Natural England are losing their jobs while the DEFRA side of Natural England are gaining ground as they have no idea about the countryside. How long before Goshawks, Red Kites, Peregrines and White tailed Eagles end up on this list (anything to make the gamekeeper an honest rural citizen). No wildlife is safe with this government in power, and we will have at least 8 in government years left for them to commit HELL in the COUNTRYSIDE.
Here is DEFRA’s e-mail reply in full sent by DEFRA to one of our readers today (23/09/2016)
Buzzards are widespread in England and the issuing of control licences has no impact on their conservation status. This approach balances conservation of wildlife and supporting the rural economy.
Buzzards are now widespread in England with, according to the British Trust for Ornithology, over 60,000 pairs in the UK. Issuing control licences has no impact on the conservation status of buzzards and this approach strikes a balance between conserving wildlife and supporting our rural economy.
Where appropriate applications are made, Natural England issues Wildlife licences (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wildlife-licences to prevent damage to agriculture, livestock and fisheries. In deciding whether a licence should be granted, applications are assessed in the same way against the evidence and within the legal framework of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1981/69). If all the relevant criteria are met, there is legally very little scope for Natural England to refuse to grant a licence. Natural England would not consider licensing any activity that would adversely affect the conservation status of a species.
Natural England recently issued a licence permitting the control of up to 10 buzzards to prevent predation of young pheasants within rearing pens.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs