But on the other hand

Wildlife minister Richard Benyon under fire in another game-shooting case Grouse estate burnt peatland that formed habitat of rare species – but legal case was dropped Wednesday, 30 May 2012 Richard Benyon, the Wildlife minister, was under pressure last night to explain what influence he had on a decision to drop landmark legal proceedings against [...]

Words fail me yet again!!!

Conservationists have condemned plans that would allow buzzard nests to be destroyed and the birds of prey taken into captivity to protect pheasant shoots. The Environment Department (Defra) is to spend up to £375,000 researching ways to keep buzzards from targeting captive-reared pheasants. Proposed methods include destroying nests to prevent birds breeding, catching and relocating [...]

Rural gangs linked to drug operations

Poaching and hare coursing gangs often linked with major drugs operations are behind most crimes against wildlife. In Cumbria last year, 363 wildlife crimes were reported to the police and of those 211 involved poaching, hare coursing and lamping – hunting animals at night with high-powered lights. In one incident at Sandysyke near Longtown, three [...]

Pensioner admits firearms and pesticides possession

A PENSIONER has admitted possessing illegal pesticides and firearms without a certificate on his farm. Allan Armistead, 74, appeared at Furness Magistrates’ Court today (6) charged with a string of offences concerning the illegal storing of pesticides, firearms and ammunition. Armistead pleaded guilty to seven counts of storing a pesticide, which included Strychnine, Cymag, Phosdrin [...]

My homage to the ‘good old gamekeeper’

With the grouse season about to start on the 12th August and the pheasant season starting on 1st October I thought I would put a few articles up all about the 'good old gamekeeper'. Former Holkham Estate gamekeeper given conditional discharge Derbyshire gamekeeper guilty of trapping birds of prey Gamekeeper fined for wilfully killing badger Gamekeeper fined [...]