Inglorious, Mark Avery’s latest book reviewed by John Miles

Inglorious by Mark Avery

Published by Bloomsbury

Hard back priced £16.99 pages 304

ISBN 978 1 4729 1741 6

This is a story about Mark’s personal attack on the present Red Grouse shooting industry and its need to kill birds of prey to survive. The Hen Harrier is the main species shown […]

RSPB chief executive challenges shooting industry to ‘take responsibility for its impacts’

RSPB Media Release

The RSPB’s chief executive, Dr Mike Clarke, will today [Friday 31 July] call on those within the shooting industry to take responsibility for both the positive and negative impacts their industry has on the wider public interest, including biodiversity and the natural environment.


Farming Today, Debate, should Grouse Shooting be banned?

This morning Farming Today hosted a 6 minute debate between Mark Avery and Andrew Gilruth, Game & Wildlife Trust, on proposals to ban driven grouse shooting from England’s uplands. The one sided debate will be available to listen to on line for the next 29 days. The debate starts at 07.21.

There […]

It’s not actually the killing of red grouse that is the problem – but the impact it has on one of their predators

Following on from Mark Avery’s article about the not too good benifits of grouse shooting published in the independent on Monday, writing in yesterday’s Independent Michael McCarthy claims campaigners are taking aim at grouse shooting, and they’re spot on. Mark Avery’s new book the Inglorious (Bloomsbury, £16.99), is an attack on the grouse shooting industry, […]

BirdLife Malta urges government not to risk embarrassing Malta at the European Courts

Yesterday, Tuesday 28 July, was the deadline for the Maltese government to submit their justification to the European Commission for reintroducing the trapping of wild finches in autumn 2014 and BirdLife Malta is urging the government to ban the practice rather than risk Malta facing the EU Courts.

In a statement, Birdlife […]

Not such a Glorious Twelfth: Should driven grouse-shooting be banned?

Writing this week in the Independent Mark Avery puts on record his reasons why driven grouse shooting in England must be banned. Mark has also recently launched his second e-petition calling for the Westminster parliament to ban this sport which depends so much upon the illegal destruction of protected birds of prey like the […]

Scientists prove that European bird protection law saves threatened species

RSPB Media Release

The European Union’s Birds Directive – often believed to be one of the world’s most progressive and successful nature conservation laws – has had a huge impact in protecting Europe’s most threatened bird species – including many in the UK, says new research by the RSPB, BirdLife International and Durham […]

Rutland Osprey a wonderful success story.

In case you are one of the few individuals who have not been keeping track with the success of the Rutland osprey since the project was set-up by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and Anglian Water in close collaboration with Roy Dennis in the mid-1990’s, you can find out up to […]

Maltese government plans to reintroduce finch trapping against the European Commission advice.

The government’s plans for the reintroduction of finch trapping after it was phased out six years ago are of grave concern both to the European Commission and environmentalists in Malta and throughout Europe.


Report criticises heather burning on Red Grouse moorland

THE practice of scouring moorland by burning off heather has left many conservation areas in Scotland in a poor condition, a charity has said. A new study by the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science revealed the extent of moorland burning across the country’s upland areas. Burning was detected in 55 per cent of Special Areas […]