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Nada Farhoud | Daily Mirror’s Evironment Editor attacked online

“I’ve been called a liar, accused of being in the pocket of anti-bloodsport campaigners and not understanding the countryside because I live by the sea. And apparently I have an agenda because I like birdwatching.” The Daily Mirror’s Environment Editor Nada Farhoud describing the reaction from pro-shoot lobbyists to an article she wrote looking at moorland burning last week. As we and others predicted, shooting was bound to turn to the usual unfounded and personal attacks: she is a liar, townies don’t understand, she ‘just’ wants shooting banned, blah blah, blah. While Nada hasn’t gone into specific details it’s not difficult to speculate which other lines shooting’s attack dogs might also have crossed.

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Daily Mirror | Burning Britain’s moorland like ‘cutting down rainforest’

“Across the parched moors, now a tinderbox, all I can see is smoke.” That’s a line from an article published in the Daily Mirror which heavily criticises the routine torching of one of the UK’s most precious habitats simply so that a few people can blast living targets out of the sky. The article in the paper is well illustrated (while not all the images are connected with burning, they do all set the scene well) and actually reads like the personal experience it is, rather than the typical amalgam of press-releases re-written to produce a ‘balanced’ report that says little of interest. So kudos Nada Farhoud, the paper’s Environment Editor, for going on-site and seeing for herself the ecological and climate damage being wrought by the driven grouse shooting industry. The shooting industry will hate the article, and given the ferocity that lobbyists have been going after anyone who dares to question their version of ‘burning is conservation’ or ‘burning is best for the environment’, Nada’s inbox is no doubt being flooded with emails slamming her. And given the disgusting treatment meted out to Raptor Persecution UK’s Ruth Tingay by shooters defending their ludicrous pastime, no doubt those emails will contain some deeply unpleasant and offensive sentiments.

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Petition | Call for nature’s recovery by 2030

Over 50 nature conservation groups have joined together to urge the Prime Minister to make sure this crucial change gets through. While the amendment would apply to England only (because the Environment Bill’s provisions are mostly restricted to England) a strong response to the petition will influence the governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland too. You can sign this petition on behalf of English wildlife wherever you live and help to make a difference – so please do. As Mark Avery pithily put it in an email today “if you care for wildlife in England you should sign this petition, please, unless you fully trust this government and future governments to reverse the decline in wildlife without a legally binding amendment to this bill. Please add your voice on Day 1 of this campaign.

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The War on Wildlife | It’s time to talk food

‘Food System Impacts on Biodiversity Loss’ “explores the role of the global food system as the principal driver of accelerating biodiversity loss” and the authors explicitly state that “food production is degrading or destroying natural habitats and contributing to species extinction”. They go on to explain how what they term the ‘cheaper food paradigm’ has driven the expansion of agricultural land and intensive farming. Failure to account for the environmental cost of food production has led to habitat destruction and pollution, driving wildlife loss”. Essentially, our global food system is a vicious circle of cheap food, where low costs drive a bigger demand for food and more waste. More competition then drives costs even lower through more clearing of natural land and use of polluting fertilisers and pesticides. Agriculture is now the main threat to 86% of the 28,000 species known to be at risk of extinction.

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Reintroduction and Rewilding Summit April 2021

Subtitled ‘A Focus on Wildlife Restoration and a Vision for the Future’, the teams at Birds of Poole Harbour (BoPH – Paul Morton, Liv Cooper, and Brittany Maxted) and The Self-Isolating Bird Club (SIBC – Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin) are hosting an online ‘Summit’ in April looking at the incredible work going on to reintroduce, restore, rewild, and relocate wildlife and their habitats to the UK (and beyond). From Ospreys to White Storks and Vultures to Beavers there is a huge effort taking place to bring back populations of species that have been driven out by persecution, hunting, and habitat loss in the past. There is a great deal to celebrate, and in a period that has (to put it mildly) been just a little wearisome, BoPH and the SIBC feel that doing a little ‘shouting from the rooftops’ to discuss the huge characters and the visionary projects taking place across the nation is exactly what we all need! A sentiment we here at The WoW Project heartily endorse…

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RSPB | Analysis shows that burning of moorlands is biggest threat to England’s SSSis

It’s not been a good ‘season’ for the horrible grouse shooting industry. There has been poor weather, heather beetle, low productivity, exposure of ‘wilful blindness’ on Channel 4 News, councils in England calling for bans on moorland burning, and the Scottish government giving higher protection to Mountain Hares and saying they were planning to bring in a grouse moor licencing system as patience had finally (after a VERY long time) run out at the level of raptor persecution by gamekeepers. Now, just a few months after calling for a ban on peatland burning, (and just days after shooting lobbyist Alex Hogg kept a straight face while describing grouse moors as ‘paradise for birdwatchers – see Alex Hogg knows nothing about birdwatching’), the RSPB have released news of an analysis that says – contrary to what the shooting industry claims – that – er, setting fire to Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) is not actually a very good thing at all…who knew, eh…

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Sheffield Council says “grouse moor burning must end”

Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors is reporting that Sheffield Council has backed an end to heather burning to save the region’s peat moors from being damaged for grouse shooting. In a statement the Council has called for the environmentally-damaging practice to stop to help tackle climate change and allow Sheffield to become carbon neutral by 2030.

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UK govt fails to hit biodiversity targets

In news that will come as no surprise to anyone paying attention, the UK has failed to meet nearly all of the biodiversity targets set at the 2010 Convention on Biological Biodiversity held in Nagoya, Japan (COP 9, which opened that year by saying that, “In April 2002, the Parties to the Convention committed themselves to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on Earth” – a target which was also missed). According to an analysis by the RSPB the UK has failed to reach 17 out of 20 UN biodiversity targets agreed on at COP 9 in 2010, saying that the gap between rhetoric and reality has resulted in a “lost decade for nature” (a refrain repeated in the BBC’s ‘Extinction: The Facts’ programme which aired last night).

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