Worse Than We Thought: Barn Owls, Swallows, Goldfinches, House Martins, Chaffinches, Coots.... 65 Species On Natural England's Death List
It's worse than we thought....
More than 70,000 birds spanning 65 species on Natural England Death List
According to Natural England, Barn Owls, Swallows and House Martins pose a risk to public health.
Yes, Natural England have been issuing licences to kill birds such as these iconic and treasured species, in the interests of 'health and safety'.
As part of my ongoing campaign aimed at investigating, overhauling and restructuring Natural England, I've obtained some terribly shocking statistics for licences that they issued between 2014 and 2018.
More than 70,000 birds spanning 65 species appear on the list which details the licences issued by Natural England, officially permitting the extermination of our native and migratory birds in vast numbers.
Swallows, House Martins, Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Goldfinches and even Swans...
While you recover from reeling at that figure, wait till you see just which species Natural England permitted licencees to kill. The list includes Swallow, House Martin, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Mallard and even two species of Swan.
And many many more.
Brace yourselves, it is a truly awful catalogue of our most cherished species, all of which are on the kill list of Natural England.
Barn owl, Barnacle Goose, Bewick's Swan, Black Cap, Blackbird, Black-headed Gull
Blue Tit, Brent Goose, Bullfinch, Canada Goose, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit
Common Buzzard, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Crow, Curlew, Dunnock
Egyptian Goose, Fan tailed Dove, Feral Pigeon, Golden Plover, Goldfinch, Goosanders
Great black-backed Gull, Great Tit, Green Finch, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose
Herring Gull, House Martin, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Kestrel
Lesser black-backed Gull, Linnet, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Monk Parakeet
Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Pink-footed Goose
Raven, Red Kite, Red-breasted Merganser, Ringed Plover, Robin, Rook, Ruddy Duck
Skylark, Starling, Stock Dove, Swallow, Treecreeper, Wigeon, Willow Warbler
The information is vast and complex, I'm still wading through statistics which make for depressing reading. It seems that Natural England have been sanctioning the extermination of our bird life in huge numbers for years - and, one might suggest, for vague and spurious reasons. Whether it is to protect the fishing or farming industries or to 'preserve public health and safety', the whole system seems to be shambolic, mystifying and above all, shockingly brutal.
It's hard to take it all in. So, allow me to select a few species and tell you the reasons that Natural England decided it was acceptable to exterminate them.
Coot : 548 to preserve public health or safety / falconry aviculture.
Cormorants : Several thousand to prevent damage to fisheries.
Great Black Backed Gull : More than a thousand for scientific research and preserving fauna.
Greylag Goose : Several thousand for damage to livestock and foodstuffs for livestock.
Corvids (including Rooks and Jackdaws) : More than 2,500, including 1000 Crows
House Sparrows : Hundreds allowed to be shot to 'preserve public health'.
Swallows and House Martins were permitted to be killed, injured or taken 'by hand' to preserve public health or safety.
Also their nests and eggs were permitted to be destroyed for similar reasons.
Even 4 Barn Owls were permitted to be slaughtered ('by hand') in Dorset for being a threat to public safety.
The list goes on - and on.
If there is a glimmer of hope coming out of these awful revelations, then it is that 100,000 people have signed the petition to stop this mass killing of English birds.
We are also getting the support of some respected members of parliament and one prominent MP has tabled a written question to Environment Secretary.
I've also been in touch with new chief in waiting of Natural England, asking him to pledge his own commitment to overhaul the agency, making it more transparent and accountable to the public.
Meanwhile I have requested a meeting with Environment Secretary Michael Gove, though so far I have had no response.
It is vital that we keep on pushing our petition, especially at this stage where we are getting members of parliament behind us, only public pressure can stop Natural England from issuing these licences, bring about more transparency in their terrible licensing system and make them answerable to us, the British public.
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