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Living with predators in Britain. A new book by Mary Colwell. She who is heading up save the curlew campaign. Thought provoking and well worth a read. Just finished reading it, some of it twice. Well written, researched and informative. Don't agree with it all but plenty of great gritty information and questions asked leaving the reader to make up their own mind depending on if/how they really care about the natural world. 

Also well worth supporting/reading because Mark Avery gave it a really cutting bad review on his blog. Saying he felt like throwing it across the room several times. Maybe because the BTO, RSPB praised it! He and his followers ( most having not even read it) attacking both the book and Mary. Some (60) comments down right nasty! Really showing their true colours and how little their agenda has nothing to do with nature or conservation! Bullying cowards hiding behind key boards attacking a former guest blogger of his! Packham promoting Avery's view to.  Just do nothing's trying to take down any of us trying to make a difference! Be it curlews on the moors or turtle doves in East Anglia we are all wrong. Especially if you shoot and can show targeted pest control works. They sad bunch trying to cause yet more division who can not be involved in any conservation efforts going forward!! .  . . . Book is also now available from GWCT. . . . .Her previous book Curlew Moon a good read to. . . . Through your words and action well done for trying to make a difference Mary!           NB

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2 hours ago, NatureBoy said:

Living with predators in Britain. A new book by Mary Colwell. She who is heading up save the curlew campaign. Thought provoking and well worth a read. Just finished reading it, some of it twice. Well written, researched and informative. Don't agree with it all but plenty of great gritty information and questions asked leaving the reader to make up their own mind depending on if/how they really care about the natural world. 

Also well worth supporting/reading because Mark Avery gave it a really cutting bad review on his blog. Saying he felt like throwing it across the room several times. Maybe because the BTO, RSPB praised it! He and his followers ( most having not even read it) attacking both the book and Mary. Some (60) comments down right nasty! Really showing their true colours and how little their agenda has nothing to do with nature or conservation! Bullying cowards hiding behind key boards attacking a former guest blogger of his! Packham promoting Avery's view to.  Just do nothing's trying to take down any of us trying to make a difference! Be it curlews on the moors or turtle doves in East Anglia we are all wrong. Especially if you shoot and can show targeted pest control works. They sad bunch trying to cause yet more division who can not be involved in any conservation efforts going forward!! .  . . . Book is also now available from GWCT. . . . .Her previous book Curlew Moon a good read to. . . . Through your words and action well done for trying to make a difference Mary!           NB

Thanks for that review, I was thinking of purchasing the book after other reviews I'd read, I will get it now.

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As shooters and conservationists we may not agree with some of what she says, but have to remember it's a book aimed at and to inform and educate a wider audience. She has done a good job in doing that. . . . Own goal for Avery and co for attacking it and her like they have. . . . Be interesting to hear what others think of it?       NB      

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On 16/05/2021 at 20:42, NatureBoy said:

As shooters and conservationists we may not agree with some of what she says, but have to remember it's a book aimed at and to inform and educate a wider audience. She has done a good job in doing that. . . . Own goal for Avery and co for attacking it and her like they have. . . . Be interesting to hear what others think of it?       NB      

Have just purchased Beak, Tooth and Claw, will give you some opinion shortly..........All the best.

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On 25/05/2021 at 11:10, twenty said:

Have just purchased Beak, Tooth and Claw, will give you some opinion shortly..........All the best.

Good man! Hope you enjoy it and find it usefully. I think it will be a very usefully book that a lot will refer to on both sides even if you don't agree with some of it. Avery and co know this! He and his mob still getting grief from their attack on it and Mary Colwell and so they should be! . . . . . Another couple of of good on it wildlife, environmental educator authors worth a read are James Rebanks (English Pastoral) and Melissa Harrison's books. Let's get the info out there and educate a wider public and let them decide. . . . . . Heard and of the not so fun WJ 3 were local in Suffolk last weekend (Fressingfield) with their legal teams. Expect they planning how to get their hands an some of the extra 47% funding NE going to be getting. Seem to be trying anything at mo.             NB

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Thank you for posting NB. From what I've read so far - am now into Rooks and Ravens - I'm even more convinced that those three buffoons are going to do more damage to our countryside than DDT and organophosphates ever did/have.

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1 hour ago, wymberley said:

Thank you for posting NB. From what I've read so far - am now into Rooks and Ravens - I'm even more convinced that those three buffoons are going to do more damage to our countryside than DDT and organophosphates ever did/have.

Entirely agree, I am on the same chapter as you in the book, interesting read so far, with no bias.

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