Shooting in an age of accountability

Excellent piece by Matt

Countryside Controversial

There have been many stupid, arrogant interventions in the general licence row from ‘our’ side. Jeremy Clarkson, safe in his ability to jet off and go skiing if they ban shooting, decided to encourage people to break the law, which was spectacularly unhelpful. Endless social media fools opined about what must be done. But surely the worst, the vilest, the most arrogant, the most moronic, was the sight of Godfrey Bloom guffling and huffing his way through a two-minute harangue on Facebook.

Bloom, gun slip over his shoulder and wearing a flat cap and wax jacket despite being indoors, demanded to know “Why are jack-in office clerks & urban nancy boys telling us what to do in the countryside?” Nevermind that his reference to ‘minor damage’ showed he clearly did not understand the General licenses. The former fund manager at Mercury Asset Management and Financial Economist cited his expertise as…

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Another compelling reason to rewild some of our uplands

Benedict MacDonald, author of this brilliant book, Rebirding: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/178427187X?pf_rd_p=330fbd82-d4fe-42e5-9c16-d4b886747c64&pf_rd_r=TN11SPX7K6F6R2ZNAC06 Has written a compelling case for rewilding some of our scorched upland grouse moors: https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/05/grouse-moors-have-destroyed-britains-natural-heritage-so-we-must-rewild-them/?fbclid=IwAR17Hwgsi6OKLQhRE-TPSABn3ctMuvgcTRbBdXUFwCzaC_nz1XziWSKU4Vk  

Time for an Urban Wildlife Stewardship Scheme?

UK farmers have long enjoyed public funding for enhancing the wildlife value of their farms. Is it time to compliment their efforts by supporting communities in towns and cities to enhance the wildlife value of their local patch? English farmers can apply for support for habitat management and creation under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, for …

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‘Twinning’ groups of high-yield farms with clusters of land-sparers

Increasing crop yields on existing farmland will not necessarily lead to as much land-sparing as one might expect, although it could lead to at least some. One way to increase land-sparing might be to 'twin' a number of dispersed high-yield farms with a cluster of contiguous land holders wishing to 'spare' habitat for nature (both …

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Even the boss of Shell calls for massive and urgent reforestation to beat dangerous climate change

The boss of climate-change-inducing oil company Shell says ''..huge tree-planting project the size of the Amazon rainforest would be needed to meet a tougher global warming target'', as he argued more renewable energy alone would not be enough. Much of this reforestation ought to be in the tropics - Sumatra, the Andes, etc - but …

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