Land reform campaigners in Devon went on a ‘mass trespass picnic’ yesterday to highlight the lack of access and the public’s right to roam in England.
Their picnic was eaten next to a publicly-funded woodland owned by the Duke of Somerset but apparently it’s largely off-limits to the public because it’s used as part of a large pheasant shoot.
There’s an excellent write-up of the event in The Guardian (here), which includes this paragraph:
‘Those on the protest made a point of picking up litter in the woods, which are used chiefly for pheasant breeding and shooting. Plastic cartridges littered the floor, and in a valley visible from the field where the protesters picnicked, there was a “pheasant graveyard”, with at least 100 bird carcasses dumped alongside an old washing machine and a pile of wire fence‘.
Here’s a photo of the ‘pheasant graveyard’ photographed by leading land reform campaigner Guy Shrubsole and posted on Twitter yesterday evening (@guyshrubsole):
So yet another dumping incident to add to the long list of those found 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), Suffolk (here), Leicestershire again (here), Somerset again (here), Liverpool (here), even more in North Wales (here) even more in Wales, again (here), in Wiltshire (here) and in Angus (here).
Remember, this is the evidence to which DEFRA Minister (and pheasant & grouse shoot owner) Lord Richard Benyon claims ignorance (see here). It’s the usual strategy – claim it doesn’t exist and then you don’t have to deal with it, especially if you’ve got vested interests.
I wonder how Lord Newby got on with ‘pursuing‘ Benyon on this matter? I’ll ask him.