Month: August 2019

Podcast: Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors | Pull The Plug on Grouse Shooting

In August 2019 The War on Wildlife Project’s Charlie Moores joined an event in Bradford city centre organised by Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors and the League Against Cruel Sports. The event was designed to put pressure on Yorkshire Water, one of the county’s largest landowners, to not renew – or to ‘pull the plug’ on – grouse shooting licences on its moorland properties. To quote Ban Bloodsports’ website, “Yorkshire Water leases 11 sections of moorland across the county for grouse shooting. The practice is causing widespread damage to wildlife and the environment on the utility company’s land.”

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Podcast: Mary Colwell | Curlews, GCSEs, and John Muir

A writer, conservationist and producer at BBC Radio, Mary Colwell walked 500 miles in 2016 to raise awareness about the startling crash in the number of curlews breeding in Ireland and across the southern half of the UK. She recently launched a petition on the government’s petition website calling for a GCSE in Natural History, which quickly attracted the 10,000 signatures needed to trigger a government response.
Mary spoke with Charlie Moores about curlews, education, and her naturalist hero John Muir,

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Pauline Kidner | Grey Squirrels and the Invasive Alien Species Order 2019

In the eyes of the law, the Grey Squirrel is an invasive species which means that it is illegal to release one into the wild except under licence or allow it to escape after capture. And now the law is getting even tougher on them. Under legislation called the Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019 release licences will no longer be issued to – for example – animal rescue centres. What does that mean on the ground to rescuers and carers, to vets, to the welfare of Grey Squirrels themselves (and they are sentient animals whatever your personal opinion of them might be)? Charlie Moores went to Secret World Wildlife Rescue to talk with its founder, Pauline Kidner,

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Podcast: Mark Avery | The Common Pheasant

The Common Pheasant has become ubiquitous. They are everywhere, walking around fields or lying dead by the side of the road, painted on signs and cards or hanging by the throat in shop windows. Remarkably though, pheasants aren’t native to the UK: they’re introduced – they’re only here, and here in staggering numbers, because some people like to shoot them. Charlie Moores interviews Dr Mark Avery about what impact all those pheasants might be having.

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