Traditional sporting estates ‘outdated & ludicrous’

Dick Balharry pic from the timesTraditional sporting estates embody the selfish greed of a Victorian era, outdated and ludicrous“, said leading conservationist Dick Balharry during his recent acceptance speech for the RSG’s Geddes Medal.


There’s a good write up on this on Rob Edwards’ website here.


9 Responses to “Traditional sporting estates ‘outdated & ludicrous’”

  1. 1 Een Historicus
    April 20, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Give the man a cigar!

  2. 2 Jimmy
    April 20, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    They certainly embody the arrogance of a certain class of people who look down on the rest of us

  3. 3 Chris Roberts
    April 20, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Couldn’t agree more!

  4. 4 Les Wallace
    April 21, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Very sorry to hear that Dick Balharry has terminal cancer, an extremely well respected figure in Scottish conservation who has done so much excellent work and has pushed for sane deer populations in Scotland for years. Good god not only are we saddled with driven grouse shooting, but traditional stalking – i.e deer deserts, not one, but two lunacies world ‘famous’ because of their uniqueness. Are we some Thailand for field sports, you can do something vile and damaging here you can’t at home?

    Remember when the SGA tried to raise public fears that sea eagles could be a danger to children? Well these were exactly the same characters who have fought tooth and nail to stop deer culling that would help end degradation of the land, increase the welfare of the deer themselves (a woodland animal forced to live on windswept hills) and reduce the incidence of road accidents which KILL people. I will repeat that, excessive deer numbers increase the risk that people will DIE on the road. Can anyone come up with another example of such blatant, puke inducing hypocriscy? Dick Balharry has no time left for not speaking the truth at full voice and should be the standard for every genuine conservationist in the country.

    Was there ever a point in trying to compromise with something that is essentially irrational and selfish? About as ethically sound and productive as asking the Klu Klux Klan around for a cup of tea and seeing if we could find some ‘middle ground’. Was never going to happen and shouldn’t have been considered in first place – the traditional sporting estates are just utter, utter shite for wildlife, the land, rural communities, the educated and the decent.

  5. 7 Chris Roberts
    April 21, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Well said Les. Very sorry to learn of Dick Balharry’s terminal cancer.

    The SGA and their members are the scourge of the Scottish landscape and countryside.

  6. 8 Paul
    April 22, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Sadly, Dick Balharry has passed away only days after receiving this award.


  7. 9 Chris Roberts
    April 22, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Thank you for posting this news Paul, very saddened to learn of this.

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