Saturday, 13 July 2013

Totally Sickened

Please follow the link in the left pane "Talking Naturally" and read about the Game Keeper killing buzzards and  be totally sickened as I was, and I am ashamed to say this is going on around the area Where I live, unfortunately its going on in nearly every shooting estate in Cumbria, and in some cases right in the middle of the Lake District National Park. How can the powers that be allow a shoot in a National Park. There is one near  Keswick, and there too  some one got away with murdering wildlife. And also a public footpath goes right through this shoot, and is well used by tourists heading for Cat Bells from Keswick. there is also a B road (which is a heavily used tourist road) and this too  runs through the shoot. I ask again how can this be allowed in  National Park.
           To the North of Penrith is our local birding patch, which has declined in the last year or so for various reasons, but this was an area where buzzard where seen all the time, I've been on the patch and photographed as many as 7 at a time in the sky's above the patch. Not any more, if you see one now its nothing short of a miracle. Could this coincide with the fact that we have a college next to the patch, where they teach upland and lowland  GAME KEEPING management  and everything that goes with it. I can sometimes hear the guns going off even sat in the house when the wind is coming from the right direction, of course I could be miss judging them , they could be shooting clays, but then what would they do with all the Partridge they have reared. So is this a college training young people to shoot birds both wild and artificially reared, judge for yourselves.
      I don't think the general public has a clue as to what really goes on to preserve a few artificially reared birds, just so that a small minority  of people can spend a few hours killing them. AND THEY HAVE THE NERVE TO CALL IT SPORT.
      So spread the word to Jo Public, what has to be killed on or near a shoot just to preserve these precious hand reared Pheasants and Partridge. The following is a list, if I miss anything out do let me know.
        Firstly the birds that must be killed.   White-tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Red Kite, Hen Harrier, Buzzard, any species will do, Goshawk, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel, Merlin, Eagle Owl, Raven, Rook, Carrion Crow, Hooded Crow, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw,
        And secondly Fox, Badger, Pine Martin, Squirrels, Stoat, Weasel, Mink, Hedgehogs, Otter, Polecat,  and anything that is seen if you happen to have a  gun with you at the time , or a box of poison.
           So next time you visit a country House or a castle or stately home, and I could name lots just in my area, but will refrain, just remember what is going on behind the scenes.
           Anything that is going on in Cumbria is being repeated all over the UK  that is why there are spesies in the list that maybe you would not find in Cumbria.
          Thank you for looking in.
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  1. Sorry to hear of this sad:(

  2. Where is the British Ornithologists' Union on this? Are they ineffective with regard to this issue? Are there other conservation organizations that could help? What about the media?

    I realize this is a very old problem and is likely to continue to be a victim of the "Golden Rule" (him who has the gold, makes the rules), but I hope something can be done to reverse this practice.

  3. SOO not cool. I hate hunting for a sport.

  4. soo not cool. I hate hunting as a sport.


A big thank you to everyone for looking in and leaving their comments, much appreciated, Gordon.