I SPENT TWO DAYS WITH SABS THAT STOPPED GROUSE SHOOTS

25th August 2022 Each year since 2017, the Hunt Saboteurs Association has co-ordinated a national day of action against grouse shooting on 12 August. This is the so-called Glorious Twelfth, the opening day of the grouse shooting season. For 2022, though, the HSA decided on a “week of action”, targetting shoots over multiple days beginning on 12 August. …

‘BEEFY’ BOTHAM OUT FOR A DUCK AS SABS STORM PEAK DISTRICT SHOOTS

Lord Ian ‘Beefy’ Botham is amongst the many grouse shooters heading home tonight with an empty bag, as sabs continue their rolling action across the north of England. Botham’s Peak District shoot was located in the nick of time. A line of ‘beaters’ – who use flags and whistles to scare terrified birds towards the …

Evil Gamekeeper jailed after using dogs to fight badgers and foxes

Rhys Davies was sentenced after vets examined terriers kept at his tied cottage on Millden estate in Scotland. 1st August 2022 A former gamekeeper at one of Scotland’s best-known grouse moors has been jailed for eight months and banned for owning dogs for 15 years, after using dogs to fight badgers and foxes. Rhys Davies, …

Officials warned of ‘serious wildlife incidents’ at Queen’s Sandringham estate

15th July 2022 Exclusive: Dozens of laws protect Queen’s private estates from investigators – but documents reveal allegations of wildlife crime A Guardian investigation has revealed that dozens of UK laws stipulate that police are barred from entering any of the Queen’s private estates to investigate crimes. On a pleasant autumn evening in 2007, a …

Another gamekeeper convicted for poison offences on a pheasant shoot

13th June 2022 David Matthews, a gamekeeper with 50 years experience, has been convicted at Wrexham Magistrates Court for poison offences uncovered on the McAlpine Estate in Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, North Wales, where he has worked for 25 years. In February 2021 a dead red kite was found on the estate by a member of …

Man in court for harming birds of prey in ‘largest English raptor persecution case’

10th May 2022 A 21-year-old Wiltshire man is due in court for deliberately harming legally protected British birds of prey in what is being called ‘potentially the largest English raptor persecution case in terms of numbers of victims.’ Raptor persecution is the illegal shooting, trapping and poisoning of birds of prey like peregrine falcons, red …