Author: Charlie

Note the quotation marks: ‘Appeal after ”protected” Peak District buzzard is shot’

Are some in the mainstream media finally understanding how widespread raptor persecution is? And that rather than quoting a few lines of puffery and denial from the likes of the Moorland Association the public want a more accurate account? That could well be the case because for a headline to contain “protected” in quotation marks (as here on ITV News online) suggests that at least a few journalists are starting to recognise that UK legislation “protecting” birds of prey isn’t worth the paper it’s written on while armed individuals are out shooting at them as part of their “job”…

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Bob Berzins’ ‘Snared’ – Audio version: Chapter One

This week we’ve posted twice about Bob Berzins’ new novel ‘Snared’. The first was a book review, the second a blog post by Bob himself. He asked what other ways there might be to help ‘Snared’ to reach a larger audience. What did we know about producing an audiobook for instance…? If you’ve someone who could read it, we could certainly help out with the editing, we said. I know just the man, he replied. And so a plan was hatched…

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#BlackBirdersWeek

Christian Cooper was birding in New York’s Central Park when an interaction with a white woman ended with her threatening to call the police. A viral video of the incident brought attention to the racism black birders face when outdoors in public. A group of black birders is hosting an awareness campaign through social media during the first week of June.

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Guest Post: Bob Berzins | ‘Snared’ – why it matters

“Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was photographed with a grouse shooting party in North Yorkshire on 19th August 1960. The location was Barden Moor, owned by the Duke of Devonshire and this was a typical scene for the ruling classes. This was just a few months after I was born and it’s taken nearly the whole of my lifetime for us to understand what grouse shooting is all about.” Guest Post by Bob Berzins

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Save Suffolk’s Wildlife from EDF’s Sizewell C | Crowdfunder

In August last year we uploaded a podcast, Sizewell C and the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB, which discussed French energy giant EDF Energy’s proposal to build a new power station at Sizewell in Suffolk, adjoining two existing power stations Sizewell A and Sizewell B. The site lies in the heart of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and right next to the RSPB’s flagship reserve at Minsmere. Now Rachel Fulcher of Suffolk Coastal FoE has let us know about a Crowdfunder set up to pay for expert opinion to challenge EDF’s arguments that the development will do no harm.

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