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Please take time to sign Simon King's Petition


End the badger cull instead of expanding to new areas

Since 2013, thousands of badgers have been killed in a Government cull attempting to control bovine TB. Against scientific advice & before a 4 year trial has completed, the government is now expanding the cull to new counties - tens of thousands of healthy badgers could be killed.

Experts in disease control and animal welfare agree that pilot badger culls have proven both ineffective and inhumane. Shooting badgers is also expensive, costing tax-payers some £5,000 per animal. Bovine TB is a serious problem but killing badgers is not the solution, and could actually make the situation worse. It is a costly distraction from an effective solution incorporating vaccination, increased cattle movement control measures and improved testing.

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Woodcock, Snipe and Golden Plover are shot in the UK despite serious, ongoing population declines. A moratorium should be imposed to allow the impact of shooting to be established by independent scientific investigation and any necessary regulations introduced to ensure that shooting is sustainable.

BTO, JNCC and RSPB Bird Trends data report a 76% decline in Woodcock in the last 25 years. Although the wintering population is increased by migrants, BTO and GWCT studies of shot birds report that 17% are UK residents. It is Red Listed. In the same period Snipe (Amber listed) have declined by 89%. Between '93 and '13 Golden Plover decreased by 17% in England and 25% in Scotland. Continuing to harvest species in such steep decline is perilous and counterproductive to conservation practices.


 Birdwatching is taking off in the UK

Birdwatching is back in fashion

 Over 6 million people go birdwatching in the UK every week, the popularity of a hobby once the realm of geeks in anoraks has become extremely fashionable over the last 10 years. The RSPB has seen its membership grow to over 1 million and the image of a drab green clad man is no longer true.

The reason could be due to excellent TV programs like the BBC’s Springwatch or celebrity birders such as Mick Jagger, Vic Reeves and Bill Bailey.


Mark Holderness of TBWS Bird Tours, reports that this Spring has seen an increase of people wanting to go birdwatching and more women are taking up the hobby too. “I think it’s a great way to get out into the wonderful countryside we have in the south west, we all lead busy lives so to have some peace and quiet while watching birds is an excellent way to de-stress.

I started watching birds in the late 60’s when I was 9 years old with my Dad, it wasn’t fashionable in those days and you certainly didn’t tell your mates at school. That’s all changed now I think everyone is becoming more aware of their environment and the effect of climate change. They want to be closer to nature and see it before it’s all gone”.

“I used to volunteer with the Wildlife Trust and help with guided tours before moving down to Wiltshire. Where I setup TBWS Bird Tours, taking small groups out birding from Shaftesbury/Swanage and the surrounding area”.

Mark’s guided bird tours are designed to ensure you get the best chance of seeing the birds, and cater for everyone. “It’s important that anyone new to birdwatching doesn’t feel intimidated.

“When people look at the amount of birds in a guide book it can be overwhelming, there is a sense of embarrassment at not being able to identify birds. I tell them not to worry, I’m interested in getting people to see the birds and be closer to nature, normally one glimpse of a Dartford Warbler is enough. It certainly provides that moment of happiness”.

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 If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Mark Holderness at 07773578242 or email at [email protected]