New Grant to Help Bats and Churches

Earlier this month, Natural England (NE) revealed that they had secured £3.8 million in Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funds to support their ongoing efforts to protect churches found to be harbouring notable bat populations. Due to historic declines, bats represent one of the most stringently protected mammal groups in the UK. Despite this, however, an increasing…

A Disgraceful Decision by Natural England

This week, in an incomprehensible show of ignorance, Natural England granted a licence for a Northumbrian gamekeeper to lethally control “up to 10 Buzzards” to protect non-native pheasant poults.  This appalling announcement comes less than a year after the High Court ruled that Natural England was “wrong” to deny keeper Richard McMorn a license to kill…