I thought it would be worthwhile expanding on the discussion relating to controlling apex predators, as brought up in the comments of this previous blog post about the badger cull: https://leeconnorblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/reply-from-the-pro-badger-cull-lobby/

I’ve heard the same argument for ‘controlling predators’ justified by now linking ‘increased badger numbers to a fall in songbirds/bees/hedgehogs numbers’ which I feel is ridiculous. As one can see from my photos, I have badgers in my garden and it is also filled with songbirds, bees and hedgehogs. Maybe this has something to do with the fact that we also have hedges, stands of mixed woodland and pasture around us – for now, that is, as developers are keenly eyeing it up while being urged on by our government.

As mentioned previously, the rapid decline in hedgehog numbers is most certainly because of habitat destruction and chemicals: https://leeconnorblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/the-need-to-spike-our-conscience/

This same excuse for ‘control’ and the link to falling numbers of songbirds and ground-nesting birds has also been used for buzzards, sparrowhawks, peregrine falcons and, if I remember correctly, a link was once made by the Songbird Survival Trust for the decline of skylark numbers attributed to hedgehogs.

I firmly believe that the cause for the catastrophic decline of our farmland and songbird bird species can be traced back to man and his misuse and over reliance on chemical farming (combined with the greed of the hunters/trappers) and, until we have a government who accepts that responsibility and doesn’t try to pin everything on the currently trendy ‘climate change’ excuse, nothing will ever change. Read more of Georgina’s campaign here: http://www.pesticidescampaign.co.uk/


An alternative epetition here to get Owen Paterson removed from his position as Environment Secretary due to a string of bad decisions: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/47727