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  1. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/18/release-of-non-native-game-birds-to-be-challenged-in-court I'm sure no one saw this coming...
  2. Definitely hen and not marsh harriers? Any pictures?
  3. I see that Avery has tried to put his own spin on the results, but my takeaway is that those opposed to grouse shooting seem much more extreme in their views. A lot of 90%+ responses for the most polarised answer, while the pro-grouse shooting responses seem a bit more balanced. I still think it was a worthwhile exercise to get involved.
  4. https://markavery.info/2019/07/05/closing-saturday/ I just thought it might be nice for Mark to broaden his survey base a little with input from the members on here...
  5. Slightly off topic, but warble flies and their larvae can still be an issue for wild deer. Not so much in domestic stock, but expect that's because they can been treated with a preventative. Nasal bot fly is even nastier and again crops up in wild deer populations, particularly in scotland. Take a look at google if you can stomach it.
  6. Has he had his tunnel traps set since the spring? If so, it's interesting that they've managed to avoid the plate until now, then all 3 succumbing in 1 day.
  7. A couple of points that jump out here. One, they're pulling Gove back in by naming him as an interested party. That's good in my eyes as he's tried to snake out of the situation already, having previously given his word(!) to personally sort this out. I imagine he's thrilled... Secondly, I really think NE should stand their ground and run this to a final hearing. It can't be any more expensive than all the extra work and manpower that's already gone into this situation in the past 6 weeks. What is more, NE won the judicial review over hen harrier brood management, so why are they running scared now? Leigh Day aren't a particularly strong or impressive law firm, even in this niche field. Just google the firm and 'Iraq" for a flavour of where they tried to make some coin previously before getting on board this particular cash cow. If NE threw some money into this situation and got some outside advice from a top law firm (I'm not sure who they've used to date) and a decent QC, I'm confident they'd come up with a position to wipe the floor with Wild Justice and Leigh Day. Seems a very odd situation all round to me.
  8. Commercial third party litigation funders are potentially liable to meet an adverse costs award. I'm not sure whether there is a precedent for corwdfunding by individuals. If there's not, it's high time someone took a stand and pushed the Courts for a decision. Might stop the likes of Wild Justice in their tracks. If the decision confirms no liability on the part of the individual funders, then the position hasn't changed that much.
  9. Aren't badgers legal quarry in Germany?
  10. That looks ace, very well thought out. What's with the wooden shims along the bottom front edge?
  11. Where have you seen that? I picked up on the fact that Wild Justice had met with Lincs police to discuss hare coursing. If they think that introducing a closed season for brown hares, not just restricting sales of dead ones, is going to reduce illegal hare coursing, then they're having a laugh. There are plenty of laws that can be referred to in bringing chanrges in these situatuons, without adding further legislation. If solid convictions can't be obtained with the current suite of charging options, then that itself needs looking at. My concern here is that theyre picking at the edges, seeing what they can get away with and building up confidence before turning the screw further on the bigger ticket items. My other thought when I heard that they were looking at hare coursing was that it might be trespass related, their real intention being an angle on trail hunting where the hounds end up off piste a bit. Mark my words, this lot are no friends of landowners, farmers or the shooting community, no matter how they try to present themselves
  12. Wish I'd seen these before I lashed out on a hog saddle! Good luck with the sale.
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