There is no way around it, our small island is positively bursting with deer. So many in fact, that the issue of overpopulation and its subsequent implications are up there with the other great threats facing our countryside. And, arguably, of much greater concern than other issues prone to dominating the headlines - many of which, … Continue reading Dwelling on Deer: Culls and Control
This week, Chris Packham, no doubt feeling rather chipper following his exoneration by the BBC Trust over claims of bias put forth by the Countryside Alliance, launched a new petition. One calling for a moratorium on the shooting of critically declining species of wading birds, such Snipe, Golden Plover and Woodcock, in the UK. Stopping short … Continue reading Time to take wading birds off of the menu
The Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) is, by far, my favourite upland bird. A vision of unrivalled beauty, clad in flamboyant plumage and boasting a surprisingly timid demeanour. A species which, each year, leks its way into my heart as I make my annual pilgrimage to view the birds in their upland realm. Usually at RSPB Geltsdale, or, should … Continue reading A focus on Black Grouse decline
Living where I do, secluded in a reasonably rural area of Northumberland, Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix) are still, thankfully, rather abundant. Indeed, many an evening stroll is accompanied by the guttural croaks of amorous male partridge and any venture into nearby farmland carries the risk of a mini-heart attack, induced by erupting covey's vacating their … Continue reading The historic decline of the Grey Partridge
Over the last few days I have noticed an increased focus on Optics suppliers and their links to the sporting industry. Murmurings of distaste regarding their role in supplying shooters with the gear necessary to spot, track and ultimately, kill wildlife. The issue has been touched upon by both Mark Avery and Chris Packham and, … Continue reading Is criticism of optics suppliers justified?