As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Growing call for grouse shooting ban as season opens

By Claire Marshall
BBC Environment Correspondent
12 August 2016

More than 80,000 people have signed an online petition calling for a ban on grouse shooting as the season starts.

Critics argue that the sport is directly contributing to a rapid fall in the number of hen harriers, an endangered species of raptors.

The birds prey on red grouse chicks as part of their diet.

Animal rights activists argue that gamekeepers who manage the moors where the birds are reared kill hen harriers to preserve their grouse stocks.

It's thought that there are only three breeding pairs of hen harriers left in England.

Rural benefits
Countryside groups and the government say that grouse shooting is a legitimate activity that brings significant benefits to the rural economy.

They also argue that gamekeeper management helps other moorland bird species.

They say that by keeping fox numbers down, other species of birds such as lapwings, curlews and golden plovers are allowed to flourish.

No comments:

Post a Comment