Approx 100 dead pheasants dumped next to N Wales coast path

The bodies of approx 100 pheasants have been dumped next to the North Wales Coastal Path nr Mostyn, a popular walking and cycling spot.

It is believed they were dumped on the embankment, known locally as the ‘cob’, following a traditional Boxing Day shoot.

Resident Janice Scott said: “I came across the pile of pheasants on a walk, but in truth I smelt them before I saw them. I believe that they have been dumped following a traditional Boxing Day shoot, but there’s simply no excuse to just dump them like that. It really isn’t a nice thing to come across, in fact it’s horrendous.’’

Cllr Bob Hazlehurst said: “The cob has become a dumping ground, with people tipping all sorts down there, but nothing quite as strange as this. I’ve simply no idea where they’ve come from or who’s chosen to dump them there. I just hope they are removed as soon as possible.

We are trying to take steps to prevent the persistent fly tipping in the cob area. CCTV has been touted, but how effective that would be with the size of that area is questionable.’’

Steve Jones, chief officer Streetscene and Transportation said: “Flintshire County Council have been made aware of a number of dead pheasants deposited on the Coastal path near Mostyn and have arranged for Streetscene to collect and remove the birds.

This practice of dumping shot game birds is becoming a common practice in the UK. We’ve previously blogged about it over the last couple of years (e.g. see herehereherehereherehereherehere), and undoubtedly it’s driven by an over supply of birds and little demand by consumers for purchasing game bird meat. The game shooting industry is well aware of the PR disaster this practice brings to its door but it seems unable to do anything about it.

This is hardly a surprise when you consider that an estimated 50 million non-native gamebirds (pheasants & red-legged partridge) are released in to our countryside EVERY YEAR, to provide live targets for people with guns. This is barely regulated – they can release as many of these alien species as they like and kill as many of them as they like, as long as they’re killed within the shooting season. The Code of Good Shooting Practice says “shoot managers must ensure they have appropriate arrangements in place for the sale or consumption of the anticipated bag in advance of all shoot days“ but this, evidently, is not happening.

And of course sitting alongside these unregulated releases is legal and illegal predator control – the mass slaughter of native wildlife, including raptors, done to protect the gamekeepers’ ‘livestock’. And for what? Just so the shot game can be thrown down an embankment and left to rot?

Shooting industry representatives are doing their best to proclaim effective self-regulation and as recently as November 2018 BASC claimed that “the values and standards of the UK shooting community…is driven by strong ethics and respect for quarry“.

Images like this from Wales prove BASC’s claim to be just more hollow words.

15 thoughts on “Approx 100 dead pheasants dumped next to N Wales coast path”

    1. Exactly, must be a lot of the birds that are officially taken away for consumption that are thrown over or under the hedge too. A girl in a company I worked in decided to take up shooting, bought the right clothes (this may have been why she actually went shooting – the gear), shot a couple birds, winged them, somebody else put them out of their misery because she didn’t know how or just couldn’t and then had her proud pic taken with her ‘trophies’. Did she take her customary brace home pluck, dress and cook them? My arse. If there was a licence you needed to shoot living things then an element of it should be knowing how to prepare what you kill so you can actually eat it, we should have had that years ago.

  1. Of course they may have been ‘breasted’ before they were dumped.
    Use was made of the easiest meat to remove, 5% of the bird maybe?
    So that’s ok then, isn’t it?

  2. “The game shooting industry is well aware of the PR disaster this practice brings to its door but it seems unable to do anything about it.”

    Is there anything more we can do to make sure this ‘PR disaster’ actually does take place and that the Man on the Clapham Omnibus is made very aware of this digesting and too common practice?

    1. Retweeting several times during #Countryfile, using the hashtag, would be of help. Or during that #CitiesNaturesNewWild #NaturesNewWild show. Basically, since the regular media -whose owners and editors enjoy a bit of shooting with the nobs (instead of the old days where you could leave out the “with”)- have no interest in reporting it then all that can be done is jamming it into twitter trending topics and hashtags where people who have at least a glancing interest in the natural world will be reading.

  3. The other day I noticed that even the execrable Fieldsports channel had a feature asking if shoots were becoming ‘too greedy. When that happens it’s bloody bad. There’s no way incidents like this aren’t a total disaster for them, even if as Alex says they conveniently claim the birds were breasted, a stunt they tried to pull when Terry Pickford found a mass of pheasants in a Forest of Bowland stink pit, still represents a massive waste of meat, and they almost certainly weren’t even breasted. As a loss of life for absolutely nothing this is disgusting enough, but these couldn’t have been wild birds they would have been artificially raised on feed, and probably received supplementary feeding once released. So how much land was NOT available for wildlife because it was being intensively farmed to produce dumped pheasants? Big bag pheasant shooting drives intensive agriculture not conservation. Soymeal gets used in reading gamebirds too, so this picture will warm the hearts of new Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s agribusiness pals who want to get into the Amazon – where there’s muck there’s brass. The RSBP among others should be shouting about this from the bloody roof tops – the ‘con’servation claims of mass pheasant shooting are utter shite, it probably contributes to rainforest loss FFS!

  4. Sickening but sadly not uncommon. A while back I eavesdropped on a conversation between two shooters one of whom admitted that the shot game on one shoot was ending up in an farm incinerator! I think it’s time for BASC to drop the ‘C’ in their title or perhaps they should re-brand themselves BAS-c!

  5. Hi, Thank you for the email, I was appalled at the Pheasants dumped, so I’ve emailed this article to Face Book, Peta & the BBC Country File team. Hope something happens, it’s ridiculous to treat birds this way

    Kind regards Viivenne Rozario

  6. Report it to Natural Resources Wales as a breach of S33 of the Environment Act 1990


    Prohibition on unauthorised or harmful deposit, treatment or disposal etc. of waste.E+W


    Subject to [F1subsections (1A), (1B), (2) and (3) below] and, in relation to Scotland, to section 54 below, a person shall not—


    deposit controlled waste [F2or extractive waste], or knowingly cause or knowingly permit controlled waste [F2or extractive waste] to be deposited in or on any land unless [F3an environmental permit] authorising the deposit is in force and the deposit is in accordance with the licence;


    submit controlled waste, or knowingly cause or knowingly permit controlled waste to be submitted, to any listed operation (other than an operation within subsection (1)(a)) that—


    is carried out in or on any land, or by means of any mobile plant, and


    is not carried out under and in accordance with an environmental permit.]


    treat, keep or dispose of controlled waste [F5or extractive waste] in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to human health.

  7. Until the royal family sets an example, this practise will go on. Their estates are virtually used for shooting large numbers of pheasants, grouse etc. which gives a royal nod to the rest of the fucking arseholes who own other estates.

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