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.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Not very nice....


....the photograph below that is. 

Regular visitors to Birds2blog will appreciate that this is another of my so called 'gap fillers' between my birding days....far and few between still I'm afraid. 



This is a 'not very nice' photograph of a Mountain Hare found decomposing in a snare, a snare which doesn't differentiate about what it traps in its deadly spring mechanism which of course includes birds of prey. There is an ongoing trial with regards to this disgusting piece of 'land management' equipment, but to cut to the chase....

The trial of an 'estate employee' - I think we know his 'job' - has been adjourned until mid-August, coincidentally after the opening of the grouse shooting season, it also coincides with the opening of a game fair on an estate with a 'bad' reputation (Red Kite with two broken legs and a blow to the head causing death). A chairman of a 'National Heritage Group' is also attending this game fair, he was the convenor of a National Park for many years and under his leadership it has now become the first National Park in the world to have a brand new town built within it on an estate. With much hesitation I've withheld my intentions to publish who holds ownership of this estate, but this decision may not hold for very long. 


The aforementioned 'chairman' holds the distinct title of being the single most disastrous thing to happen for conservation since the first conservation laws in 1949. The good news for shooters and every developer in the land who are out to destroy what we have left is....that his tenure has been EXTENDED by two years. 

You couldn't make it up could you!  


And finally....


Mountain Hare. Unknown.

Here is a much nicer picture of a Mountain Hare as it should be seen, and....


Pine Marten Cliff Raby

....a much nicer picture of a Pine Marten. Thanks CR I really appreciate this.

7 comments:

Warren Baker said...

Its a losing battle Pete, biased in favour of the rich and powerful. :-(

Pete Woodruff said...

No going back on any of this wildlife crime Warren....you're quite right 'a losing battle'.

Not defeatist....realistic.

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Gettin frighteningly worse Pete with all the friends in 'high places'

Cheers

Davo

Pete Woodruff said...

Another excellent response to this post from you Dave....'getting frighteningly worse with all the friends in high places'.

I'm not concerned about repeating myself here...mine is not a defeatist attitude, just pure realism.

Colin Bushell said...

Disgraceful indeed. It's not a pleasant read very often but http://raptorpersecutionscotland.wordpress.com/ reveals just how vile these people are.

Colin

news said...

Hi Pete. Can only keep putting the situation into the public domainBest wishes.

Pete Woodruff said...

Yes Colin, the Raptor Persecution website is excellent I visit it regularly, but there are those - including 'some birders' - who oppose these people and their kind preferring the softly softly approach which the RSPB have been trying for several hundred years to no avail.

Thanks John, will be in touch.