News just in, from Defra’s twitter account, Richard Benyon says the following:
“We’ve listened to public concerns, so we are stopping current research and developing new proposals on #buzzards”
Fantastic news (well, at least until we find out what these ‘new proposals’ entail). A big, fat, massive WELL DONE to everyone who blogged, tweeted, emailed, petition-signed etc about this outrageous ‘study’. The people have been heard! It’s incredible to see how effective 9 days of campaigning can be!
By the way, it looks like GWCT had tendered for the buzzard ‘study’ (see here). They seem to be quite good at undertaking unpopular ‘research’ – they’re currently carrying out a ‘study’ funded by those doyens of conservation, Songbird Survival, which involves a large scale corvid removal experiment (basically killing crows & magpies and calling it science….hmm, sound familiar? See here). If you’re not sure who Songbird Survival are, see here.
We’ll post responses about the DEFRA u-turn here as and when they are published:
Update on DEFRA website here (scroll down underneath the ‘mythbuster’ bit)
Article in the Guardian here (includes info about new research proposals)
RSPB response here
BBC news article here
Article in the Independent here
Article in the Telegraph here
Mark Avery’s thoughts here
Country Land & Business Association (CLA) response here
British Assoc. for Shooting & Conservation (BASC) response here (just a statement, no opinion offered)
Countryside Alliance response here (Benyon’s glum chums)
National Gamekeepers’ Organisation response here (not very happy either)