A flurry of reports over the Xmas period detailed how gamebirds had been shot and then dumped at a number of locations across the UK including inside the Peak District National Park (e.g. see here, here, here and here).
Well guess what? This obscene behaviour continues – here are some more examples.
Thanks to the blog reader who sent this photograph of a pile of dead birds, photographed on 27th December 2020, by the roadside in between a grouse moor and MOD land in Swaledale, North Yorkshire.
On Twitter there was another report, this time by an estate manager in Berkshire whose gamekeepers had alerted him to this:
And also on Twitter, in response to David Hill’s tweet, there was another report from North Yorkshire:
As I wrote last week, there are some sensible shooting folk on social media who are condemning this behaviour, and not just because it exposes shooting to bad publicity, and who are offering solutions (like licensing schemes that limit the number of birds released and require accountability for the number shot for example, and a suggestion that if shoots are ‘gifting’ the birds then the birds should be oven-ready) but there are still many others from within the industry who are either (a) denying it’s a widespread problem, (b) accusing ‘antis’ of trying to ‘set up’ shooting, and/or (c) slagging off anyone who dares to criticise, presumably in a futile bid to stop further criticism.
Unfortunately for the game shooting industry, this is an ongoing, criminal and widespread problem, much like illegal raptor persecution is, and it’s drawing even more attention to an industry already under intense pressure to clean up its act.
Previous examples include dumped gamebirds in Cheshire, Scottish borders (here), Norfolk (here), Perthshire (here), Berkshire (here), North York Moors National Park (here) and some more in North York Moors National Park (here) and even more in North Yorkshire (here), Co. Derry (here), West Yorkshire (here), and again in West Yorkshire (here), N Wales (here), mid-Wales (here), Leicestershire (here), Lincolnshire (here), Somerset (here), Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park (here) and Suffolk (here) and again in Suffolk (here).
And it’ll keep getting attention on this blog for as long as the gamebird shooting industry demands licences to kill protected birds of prey for the purpose of ‘saving’ gamebirds.