The peaceful idyll that is normally Upper Godney was, on Saturday, shattered by the unbelievable behaviour of the local “hunt” who drove a pack of large lurcher-type dogs through the Sheppey river and into my garden and orchard, devastating wildlife and free-range fowl alike.
Needless to say, I have suffered losses – including a rare duck.
This stretch of river is abundant in kingfisher activity, and there have recently been otter sightings. Today – nothing. No kingfishers, no otters, just silence.
My anguished cries for restraint were met solely with laughter and sniggers. No explanations, no apologies.
I fail to comprehend why this type of unintelligent, uncivilised behaviour still persists and why, were I to venture unannounced onto landowners’ fields with dog in hand, I would no doubt face prosecution and the possibility of my dog being destroyed.
I really would appreciate an explanation as to why this behaviour is still deemed acceptable.