BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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CLOUGHA PIKE UNTIL RECENT YEARS THE BOWLAND STRONGHOLD FOR THE STONECHAT. PETE WOODRUFF.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Birds2blog.



It pleases me no end to be able to claim Birds2blog to be a roaring success. I'm not about to launch into a hundred reasons why but a glance at my 'Flag Counter' says it all and this is a great opportunity for me to thank everyone for taking an interest in the blog if only to dip in now and again or even visit on a daily basis as I know lots of you do, I really do appreciate it and never really thought I'd get this far down the line with something I started 18 months ago as a sort of fun thing, but which has become a large part of my passion for birds and birding.

Sadly the real reason for this post isn't anything connected with the above 'trumpet blowing exercise' but is more an important issue to me than the success of a blog. Please take a look at the picture above and note it illustrates the pitiful corpse of a Black-winged Stilt which died of gunshot wounds at the hands of not only hunters but illegal hunters on Malta.

All I ask my regular and casual visitors to Birds2blog, is that you click on the link to BirdLife Malta  from time to time and keep up to date with what's happening on that otherwise beautiful island, and if anyone asks you to sign a petition whilst you are on the website then please consider doing so, it's the least we can do to try and make some sort of mark on this barbaric way of 'enjoying' the things in life which is all that this 'sport' is for these people, I don't know about you but I'm not too keen on sharing the same planet as them but it seems I'm going to have to get used to the idea of doing so.

I suppose I'm breaking my Birds2blog non-controversial code here for once....well so be it as I knew it was going to happen on occasions. It's worth remembering Malta is breaking the rules governing their membership of the European Union with this hunting issue, but I'm leaving that there for now.





6 comments:

Phil said...

I don't think your comments at all controversial Peter. I personally do not visit Malta or Cyprus for the reasons shown in your posting but I realise there is a counter argument.

Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks for your interest here Phil, good to see you admit your refusal to holiday in Malta and Cyprus.

I once offered my services to a 'group' to stand outside a high street ABTA establishment with the view to requesting people to 'consider what was happening in the holiday destination they may well be going to choose'....the 'group' have never spoken to me since!

Alan said...

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Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks for the visit and kind comment on the blog.

Please visit and comment again sometime Alan.

Warren Baker said...

Keep up the pressure Pete. These scumbags need shooting themselves.

Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks for your support - both for the Malta issue and the blog - once again Warren.