Driven Grouse Shooting: the Bluff’s Been Called, by Les Wallace

This post was originally written for  Bowland Raptor Politics. The thoughts expressed here are those of the author alone and do not necessarily represent my own. Well with clockwork regularity … Continue reading Driven Grouse Shooting: the Bluff’s Been Called, by Les Wallace

Compassionate Conservation or admirable ignorance?

Compassionate Conservation is proposed as a “growing international movement that seeks to build the welfare of individual animals into conservation practice. Achieved by promoting change, acceptance and education to reduce … Continue reading Compassionate Conservation or admirable ignorance?

Freethinkers, echo chambers and the cult of personality in conservation

Just as it is in politics, the cult of personality is alive and well in the environmental field. Just as the charisma, views, values and outlooks of notable politicians – … Continue reading Freethinkers, echo chambers and the cult of personality in conservation

Hunting and Optics: should I feel guilty for where I shop?

It cannot have escaped your attention that, over the past few weeks, some optics companies (those who produce binoculars, scopes and cameras) have received a large amount of criticism due to … Continue reading Hunting and Optics: should I feel guilty for where I shop?

We really must rethink the bonkers notion of Hen Harrier ‘brood management’

I am late to the party on this one I am afraid, and there are already many excellent articles out there regarding the rollout of the Natural England sanctioned Hen … Continue reading We really must rethink the bonkers notion of Hen Harrier ‘brood management’

A tentative step in the right direction | Some thoughts on the 25-year Environment Plan

This past week, and to an equal mix of fanfare and apprehension, the government released its long-awaited 25-year plan to improve the environment. A full outline of which can be found … Continue reading A tentative step in the right direction | Some thoughts on the 25-year Environment Plan

Reflecting on six-months of Michael Gove

Like a great many people, I suspect, the June appointment of Machiavellian, boris-slaying, hardline Brexiteer Michael Gove as Secretary of State for the Environment left me feeling more than just a little … Continue reading Reflecting on six-months of Michael Gove