Wild Justice celebrates first birthday

Wild Justice is celebrating its first birthday today.

Here’s who we are and here’s what we’ve been doing.

It’s been quite a year, with several established cases ongoing and a number of others on the verge of launching. If you want to be among the first to know what’s happening, sign up to the free Wild Justice newsletter here. Newsletter #17 has just been distributed with, amongst other things, details about the changes to General Licences in England, Wales and Scotland which are the result of Wild Justice’s legal challenge.

Each case is crowdfunded (i.e. money is raised for that specific project and those funds are ring fenced so they can’t be used for anything else) and the two big ongoing cases (General Licences and the release of non-native gamebirds and their impact on wildlife) are already fully funded thanks to generous support from the public.

However, much time and effort is also spent researching potential new cases, some of which will develop in to a full-blown case and others won’t, for various reasons. This research costs money (even though the three Wild Justice Directors work unpaid) and Wild Justice is currently fundraising for a Fighting Fund to help support this work.

If you like what Wild Justice is doing and would like to donate to the Fighting Fund, please visit here.

Many thanks.

12 Responses to “Wild Justice celebrates first birthday”

  1. 1 Alister J Clunas
    February 13, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Well done on all you have achieved in such a short time. It has been amazing. But still lots more to do. Scottish beavers need help. We need to translocate “problem” beavers within Scotland to expand its range.

    • 2 Les Wallace
      February 13, 2020 at 1:31 pm

      Yes!!! While Scottish beavers are being trapped then translocated to a burgeoning number of schemes in England looking at their benefits towards conservation and reducing flood risk in Scotland any translocation here to new territory is banned. That means the RSPB can’t let beavers go in their Insh Marshes reserve to keep scrub back to help conserve the waders there which includes the curlew. We don’t have a single trial in Scotland looking specifically at how beavers mitigate flooding. At last count there were eight in England and the proposed number of new ones there is climbing by the week. Later this year there should definitely be a combined rally at the Scottish Parliament demonstrating against raptor persecution, the continued slaughter of mountain hares and it being easier to get permission to kill a beaver than move it to somewhere in Scotland where it will help other wildlife and prevent homes from being flooded – that’s obscene. Again certain vested interests being kow towed to at the expense of everybody and everything else.

      • 3 Bimbling
        February 13, 2020 at 10:00 pm

        It’s actually quite remarkable how well established a large group of beavers can get before anyone really notices them.

        That’s the experience in Tayside, and if they don’t seem to be doing any harm, well, who’s to shout about them?

        • 4 Les Wallace
          February 16, 2020 at 2:19 am

          Yes there were good numbers before it became public they were there. Of course as soon as the news was out the SGA offered to have its members shoot them. They showed some pictures of beaver ‘damage’ at Ericht that consisted of some burrowing into a riverbank and a branch that had fallen into the river after a beaver had chewed it. The latter had actually created desperate!y needed cover for fish – just shows how clueless the SGA are, and as far as the burrowing is concerned the actual damage was from the farming that extended right down to the water’s edge. There was no fenced off strip of natural vegetation to slow run off into the river and reduce flooding and eroded soil and farm chemicals getting in too. The Scottish Wild Beaver Group has gone to great lengths to promote mitigation measures where there might be genuine problems, but the same people who have been very loud about the supposed threat from beavers have managed to ignore this. They’ve also not been pointing out beaver in the headwaters of the Tay should reduce flood damage to homes, businesses and good quality farmland downstream. The daggers are out for the beaver as much as they are for birds of prey or mountain hares. Apparently one farmer applied for a licence to ‘control’ beaver because he said they scared his cows. Meanwhile people whose homes would be under lower flood risk if beavers return are in the dark about all of this and the conservation organisations are not doing enough to inform them. The case for targeted tree planting and beaver reintroduction in the uplands (including grouse moors) to create firebreaks and reduce flooding is overwhelming, but it needs to be made!

  2. 5 Les Wallace
    February 13, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Happy Birthday WJ!!! If there was an award for a group that punches way, way above its weight then it would surely go to WJ. Fantastic name, wonderful logo and considering its aim is the use of the legal system to fight for conservation its success in getting publicity and raising awareness as a byproduct of that has been brilliant! I hope you’re all really chuffed about that because you deserve to be. Thanks!!!

  3. 6 Lyn Ebbs
    February 13, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    🕯Happy 1st Birthday. It would be wonderful to see the day when you aren’t needed.

  4. 7 Lizzybusy
    February 13, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    WJ is the most outstanding nature defence organisation to emerge in recent years. Thank you for everything you have done. Keep up the great work.


  5. 9 alancranston
    February 13, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  6. 10 Keith Dancey
    February 13, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Indeed. Happy Birthday to Wild Justice! It seems incredible (now) that we have not had such an organisation before. I strongly suggest supporters make monthly donations (Direct Debits, Standing Orders etc) to build up funds – it doesn’t stop anyone making additional special donations for specific cases.

  7. 11 Paul Fisher
    February 13, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Sadly can’t see a time when you won’t be needed, so glad you are there for our wildlife and us. Happy birthday.

  8. 12 Mairi L
    February 13, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Happy Birthday! Belated pressie arriving later this month (pension day!)!

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