April 2016: Are we listening to the scientific evidence?

Are we listening to the scientific evidence?Scientific research is essential to the development of policies to protect our wildlife and the environment;
our laws, regulations and guidance must be founded in sound science. Yet separating science and emotion can be challenging, with scientific evidence sometimes ignored or misrepresented:

  • Genetically modified food
  • The use of lead shot
  • The banning of neonicotinoid insecticides to protect pollinators

All are recent examples which have caused controversy.

At the next Game & Wildlife APPG we will hear scientists, MPs and policymakers discuss controversial topics, where the debate has not been informed by independent research, and how we overcome the challenge of science being misrepresented to decision makers and the public.


  • Angela Smith MP
  • Rob Yorke, Rural Commentator
  • Dr Alastair Leake, Director of Policy, GWCT