Outcry prompts U-turn over killing wild birds to protect game birds in England

Government backs down from guidance that would have allowed birds such a crows to be shot 11th March 2022 The government has U-turned on guidance to shooters that reclassified pheasants as livestock, meaning that wild birds such as crows could be shot to protect them in certain circumstances, after a furious reaction from the public. …

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Law change allows wild birds to be killed to protect game birds in England Certain species such as carrion crows and jackdaws can be shot after government updates guidelines. 3rd January 2022 Some wild birds can now be killed in order to protect game birds bred for shooting in England, after the government updated guidelines …

Badgers not a key source of bovine TB latest released study shows

3rd November 2021 The Badger Trust has today welcomed the long awaited release of the Badgers Found Dead Study (BFDS), with results that clearly support the Trust’s view that badgers are not a reservoir host for bovine TB, but rather a spillover host. These latest results support those of a previous survey of culled badgers …

Scotland to ban mass culling of mountain hares

Scottish parliament votes to give mountain hares special protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act Thu 18 Jun 2020 Gamekeepers and grouse moor managers will be banned from mass culling mountain hares after Scottish ministers bowed to intense pressure from conservationists. The Scottish parliament voted on Wednesday night to give mountain hares special protection under …

Revealed: FA had geese killed at national centre ‘to protect its pitches’

Sixty birds shot at England training facility in St George’s Park, Staffordshire, despite pledge to enrich local biodiversity. 18 April 2020 About 60 greylag geese were shot and killed at the national training centre for England football teams from 2018 to 2019 to “preserve safety” because they were defecating on the pitches. The Football Association …