(not satire – it’s the UK today!)
Natural England thought their plans to allow the widespread destruction of robin and starling nests and eggs would go unnoticed.
In fact they hid their plans so well that most people only heard about them the day before the so-called public consultation period was due to end – yesterday.
However, Natural England seem to have been panicked into making a hurried defence of themselves after the widespread sharing of this article on the subject:
Here’s Natural England’s response, taken from their website:
Well it would if it were true.
Natural England is trying to pretend that they want to allow licences in cases where nests may pose a health and safety hazard.
This is a lie.
Because Natural England already allow licences to destroy nests in those cases.
What the organisation is actually proposing is to change the type of licence from the one it grants now:
As you can see, if this change is allowed to go ahead – Natural England will not know whether the destruction of a nest was to prevent health or safety hazard at all because they will not know who is destroying a nest or why it has been destroyed.
In fact, there will be no reporting, no evidence and no checking on the destruction or even what impact the destruction will have on the bird population.
All of these facts are in direct contradiction to what Natural England are saying in their defence. Or to put it another way – Natural England are resorting to lies to defend their deplorable actions.
Don’t let them get away with it.
One last thing.
Why did Tory Party ministers put a party donor with close links to developers – and with little experience of environmental or ecological matters – in charge of Natural England?
Answers on a postcard please to:
10 Bridge Street
Witney Oxon OX28 1HY
Please feel free to comment.