I have been dealing with NE, and their predecessors, on shoot licences for many years. This post from harkom is absolutely spot on. They are a totally different organisation from the one that I used to deal with and their staff have totally changed in their outlook on what they are trying to achieve.
Packham and his mates are very astute individuals who think out their moves carefully and after great deliberation. If the shooting fraternity goes on acting the way that it is doing, and has done, so far, then we will loose. It will be game shooting first, then grouse, followed by