I’d like to say thank you to everyone that signed those petitions and shared the news regarding DEFRA’s approach to Buzzards. Richard Benyon, the Wildlife Minister released the following statement-
“In the light of the public concerns expressed in recent days, I have decided to look at developing new research proposals on buzzards.
“The success of conservation measures has seen large increases in the numbers of buzzards and other birds of prey over the last two decades. As Minister for Wildlife I celebrate that and since 2010 we have championed many new measures to benefit wildlife across England – set out in our England Biodiversity Strategy.
“At the same time it is right that we make decisions on the basis of sound evidence and we do need to understand better the whole relationship between raptors, game birds and other livestock. I will collaborate with all the organisations that have an interest in this issue and will bring forward new proposals.”
So no poking and shooting nests, and no rehoming into captivity. At least for now. I’ll always maintain a certain level of scepticism, but we can call this a victory- for now at least. Everyone that signed petitions, wrote letters and emails, shared on Facebook and Twitter, wrote Blogs and generally did what they could to help, big or small, THANK YOU (it’s the biggest thanks I can give!)
To all you who didn’t sign because you didn’t think your signature would matter, surely this proves it would. Next time, if you agree with a cause, sign, write, help. It isn’t causing a scene, it isn’t being a pest. It’s standing up for something you know to be right. And that’s something we should all be able to do.