Sir, Those accusing the government of dishonesty might reflect on their own actions first (“The RSPB has accused the government of being dishonest about its conservation efforts”, Sep 14). The continued reliance on legal protection has failed some species, such as the declining hedgehog population because this ignores the fact that the badger population, which is killing and eating them, is rising.
Ironically it’s the government that’s willing to be honest about the limitations of legal protection, hence why it chose to work alongside land managers to recover the hen harrier population in England – a scheme which has just achieved the best results in 20 years – success the RSPB is now trying to halt in court. Farmers and other working conservationists recognise that our wildlife needs a more proactive approach and we welcome news that hundreds have already signed a pledge to see this happen - join them and sign it here >
GWCT Director of Communications
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