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  1. Well done Welsh1 Your diet doesn’t look like a drop in calories, it’s a massive reduction in carbs. I eat in the same way and have done for 2 years now. At only 5’ 7” at one point I was over 14 stone I was like a barrel. Then got introduced to the low carb, high fat (good fats only) way of eating. Lost 2 stone in 4 and a bit months losing 2lb a week and kept the weight off. No spuds, rice, bread, pasta etc. It’s a way of life now and if you do fancy some carbs at some point, as long as you keep it to less than 50g a day, it’s all good. Another bonus eating this way is you don’t feel hungry like you do with carbs but you must replace the carbs with good fats and your body will eat it’s own fat for energy. Someone once told me when the lionesses kill their prey, the lion gets first dibs and eats the offal and fat first leaving the majority of lean meat for the rest of the pride......you never see a fat lion! Keep it up mate
  2. Hers is my reply As requested, here are my thoughts on the questions 1) Your views on the alternatives to killing or taking a specific bird species for: Conserving flora and fauna Preserving public health or safety Preventing serious damage or disease (serious damage relates to serious damage to livestock, foodstuffs for livestock, crops, vegetables, fruit, growing timber fisheries or inland waters) In particular, what are these alternatives and to which bird species do they relate? In your experience or evidence, how effective and practicable are they? I shoot Wood Pigeon for local farmers and have done so for many years. All of the farmers use gas guns, scarecrows, flags etc to try and help the problem of Wood Pigeon attacking their crops. These methods are ineffective as after a couple of days, the birds get used to them and return. I have witnessed Wood Pigeon landing and feeding by scarecrows and flags and although the gas guns will make them take off, they will return within minutes or fly to another part of the field to continue feeding. The problem is once the birds decide they are going to eat on a particular crop, it doesn’t matter what method you use, they will continue to feed. By shooting them, you at least reduce the amount of birds causing damage and for every bird shot, that is one less that will go on to breed. Any shooter will tell you that they will not hit every target and a return of 1 kill for 2 shots fired is a very decent return. When missing, the birds will fly away but only to return. The Wood Pigeon population has increased over the past 40 years and continues to do so. Without lethal methods to control their numbers throughout the year, including shooting over stubble fields (to stop them feeding on other crops nearby) roost shooting or newly drilled crops, this will lead to unmanageable numbers in the future. Not only will this have a detrimental effect on the farming industry but will also badly impact the birds. With too many birds and not enough to eat, they will begin to starve and become diseased. 2) Your experience or evidence of any benefits that were delivered by the three revoked general licences? 3) Your experience or evidence of any problems with or caused by the three revoked general licences. Are there any conditions, in your view, that could be attached to general licences to address these issues? I cannot see any benefits that were delivered by revoking the three licences, especially with such short notice. The GL had been in place and working to keep a balance in the countryside for many years. NE had not been administering it properly in legal terms and this needed to be sorted out at some point but not in the way it was done. The new licence for Wood Pigeon and Carrion Crows which I have read, are over complicated and leave people in doubt as to what they can or cannot do. They seem to be written by lawyers leaving them open to challenges especially where the wording “ reasonable endeavours” is used. Stating that lethal methods should be the last resort is a nonsense. Lethal methods should be used alongside other methods which has been the case for many years and proven to be effective in keeping a balance. If it isn’t broken, why try and fix it? Yes by all means make sure they are legal but keep the basic proven principles in place 4) Your experience or evidence of any problems caused by the revocation of the three revoked general licences. At this time of year with spring crops, lambing and nesting birds, revoking the licences at such short notice was poorly thought through and executed without due consideration of the consequences, leaving no protection for the above. The lack of communication via television and radio when the decision made would affect approx 600,000 people within 36 hours could be described as negligent. The misinformation and negative propaganda issued by individuals on television, radio and social media at this time who support the revocation of the licences, without recourse or need for justification should be addressed to allow the public to make an informed view.
  3. Well said. I have read their submission and it is a fine piece of work. Well done BASC and the other organisations that have done the same
  4. Well said. Don’t know about others on this forum but I think the wood pigeon is a fantastic bird. Graceful, intelligent, majestic and although we need to shoot them they should definitely not be described as a sky rat. Ferrels yes but woodies no. Not easy to decoy or shoot especially on a strong wind with a eyesight that notices the slightest movement. Yes they are a pest and do so much damage but our countryside would not be the same without them. Anyone who describes this fantastic bird as a sky rat, really doesn’t get it and in my opinion should not be involved in controlling their numbers. I would question their motives for why they want to shoot them in the first place
  5. Hi Turbo I will happily continue to get this stuff out there. I complained to NE when it was first announced, signed the petition to sack Packham, emailed DEFRA, completed both the BASC and Fields Sports Channel surveys. I have been onto Anti’s blogs and twitter including but not just Avery and Packham calling them out (in a very diplomatic way which I believe is the best approach. Going in both barrels is not constructive) about the lies and then argued with their supporters (as Packham will not respond and Avery just gives glib answers) giving facts rather than abuse and received insults and abuse back from the mindless masses. For every fact you give them, they come back with either an irrelevant comment or personal abuse. Retweeted the Packham hypocrisy of the OXO Biodegradable Plastics and Chris Packham wildlife tours The problem is, it’s disjointed. We are a small minority to these clueless, brainwashed, tree hugging, vegan antis on twitter and blogs. I have challenged them about the GMB interview with Packham only for the pack of his followers to round on me and another bloke and spout their hatred and lies.. I don’t know who else to contact or which media outlets to talk to. Happy to keep on contacting various media sites, please let me know who.....however it needs to be structured Moderators, is there anyway of pulling this all together so as a group we focus on the right targets and I do mean on Twitter, blogs, tv channels, newspapers, Facebook sites etc that will get maximum exposure to get the lies exposed and our voice heard? There are so many lies and negative propaganda being peddled as fact. My view is we need to: 1 Establish the facts backed up by scientific evidence of what we do and why we do it. Cost to the farming community, the benefits of what we do etc. 2 Discredit the Anti’s claims and back up with evidence. Especially highlight the lies told by Packham and his group to what a hypocrite he and his cronies are
  6. For what it’s worth have just emailed this to DEFRA Dear Sir, As requested, here are my thoughts on the questions 1) Your views on the alternatives to killing or taking a specific bird species for: Conserving flora and fauna Preserving public health or safety Preventing serious damage or disease (serious damage relates to serious damage to livestock, foodstuffs for livestock, crops, vegetables, fruit, growing timber fisheries or inland waters) In particular, what are these alternatives and to which bird species do they relate? In your experience or evidence, how effective and practicable are they? I shoot Wood Pigeon for local farmers and have done so for many years. All of the farmers use gas guns, scarecrows, flags etc to try and help the problem of Wood Pigeon attacking their crops. These methods are ineffective as after a couple of days, the birds get used to them and return. I have witnessed Wood Pigeon landing and feeding by scarecrows and flags and although the gas guns will make them take off, they will return within minutes or fly to another part of the field to continue feeding. The problem is once the birds decide they are going to eat on a particular crop, it doesn’t matter what method you use, they will continue to feed. By shooting them, you at least reduce the amount of birds causing damage and for every bird shot, that is one less that will go on to breed. Any shooter will tell you that they will not hit every target and a return of 1 kill for 2 shots fired is a very decent return. When missing, the birds will fly away but only to return. The Wood Pigeon population has increased over the past 40 years and continues to do so. Without lethal methods to control their numbers throughout the year, including shooting over stubble fields (to stop them feeding on other crops nearby) roost shooting or newly drilled crops, this will lead to unmanageable numbers in the future. Not only will this have a detrimental effect on the farming industry but will also badly impact the birds. With too many birds and not enough to eat, they will begin to starve and become diseased. 2) Your experience or evidence of any benefits that were delivered by the three revoked general licences? 3) Your experience or evidence of any problems with or caused by the three revoked general licences. Are there any conditions, in your view, that could be attached to general licences to address these issues? I cannot see any benefits that were delivered by revoking the three licences, especially with such short notice. The GL had been in place and working to keep a balance in the countryside for many years. NE had not been administering it properly in legal terms and this needed to be sorted out at some point but not in the way it was done. The new licence for Wood Pigeon and Carrion Crows which I have read, are over complicated and leave people in doubt as to what they can or cannot do. They seem to be written by lawyers leaving them open to challenges especially where the wording “ reasonable endeavours” is used. Stating that lethal methods should be the last resort is a nonsense. Lethal methods should be used alongside other methods which has been the case for many years and proven to be effective in keeping a balance. If it isn’t broken, why try and fix it? Yes by all means make sure they are legal but keep the basic proven principles in place 4) Your experience or evidence of any problems caused by the revocation of the three revoked general licences. At this time of year with spring crops, lambing and nesting birds, revoking the licences at such short notice was poorly thought through and executed without due consideration of the consequences, leaving no protection for the above. The lack of communication via television and radio when the decision made would affect approx 600,000 people within 36 hours could be described as negligent. The misinformation and negative propaganda issued by individuals on television, radio and social media at this time who support the revocation of the licences, without recourse or need for justification should be addressed to allow the public to make an informed view. Xxxxx Xxxxx Member of the public
  7. Sorry chaps for the last post. Just re-read it and obviously mis read it.......this whole fiasco has fried my brain over the last week ! so the consensus is we are good to go?
  8. Just seen the new licence for woodies. Shooting only allowed May to Sept if I have read that correctly!
  9. I hope so too mate and understand your concern like the rest of us. Will have to wait and see what the new GL looks like for Woodies
  10. Hi Scully Reckon we might be over thinking this. Scaring will only work once by walking them off the field, the birds will come back or go to another part of the field so the non lethal action is not effective in stopping them.
  11. he obviously he obviously thinks he is clever and funny. Hope he gets in trouble for listing offensive material
  12. Already read it and still don’t see where the problem is.
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