RSPB Hypocrisy

ugly

LE
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#1
From the CA tonight;
The RSPB has today published information relating to its use of egg oiling, nest destruction and the culling of birds. This is in response to a Freedom of Information Act request made by the Countryside Alliance.
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In his blog the RSPB's Martin Harper admits that in 2011/12 the charity obtained licences from Natural England to kill three adult lesser black-backed gulls and destroy 76 large gull nests and also killed 292 carrion crows and 11 magpies under open general licences.
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The charity also said it oiled, to prevent hatching, 73 greylag goose eggs and more than 25 Canada goose eggs and destroyed 195 barnacle goose eggs.
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We have also found out, through the Freedom of Information Act request, that the charity obtained a licence*in 2011 to destroy the eggs of black swans.
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In recent weeks the RSPB has used highly emotive language to criticise the granting of licences by Natural England to destroy the nests of buzzards and manage gull populations. Now, however, we find out that the Society has been carrying out exactly the same sort of activities for its own purposes.
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The RSPB's use of the licensing system seems to be perfectly legitimate and justified but looks extraordinarily hypocritical in light of its recent comments about other licence applications.
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If the licence system is correct when used by the RSPB, then it must also be correct when used by other applicants.
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Barney White-Spunner
Executive Chairman*
 
#4
A that wonderful group of arrogant birdbotherers who believe that birds are more important than humans. As a community we have had some quite serious run ins with them in the past and to be honest, I would not piss on them if they were collectively on fire.
 

ugly

LE
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#5
A that wonderful group of arrogant birdbotherers who believe that birds are more important than humans. As a community we have had some quite serious run ins with them in the past and to be honest, I would not piss on them if they were collectively on fire.
If I were you I would piss on them, you make firewater!
 
#6
We had issues with the RSPB here. A very unique costal loch was home to Brown Trout. Over thousands of years the Brown Trout had developed into a very unique colour morph to suit their surrondings (a brackish loch). The genetics of these trout were very important and unique, and found only in this loch.

The RSPB bought the loch and declared it a sanctuary. They started to feed the resident birds grain. Much of this sank in the loch and rotted. The nutrients, over a period of a few years, rose significantly and algae blooms became common place.

With the feeding came more birds, so much so that on a winters day an area about the size of Wembly is totally covered in Geese. Add to that the thousands of other birds (mostly gulls) that are on it, it adds up to a huge amount.

With this brought bird shite. Again this added to the pollution of the water.

The last survey by SEPA showed that there was no fish life in this loch and insect life was severly affected.

The RSPB are interested in one thing, and forget the natural balance required on waters like this.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#7
I liked that post but only because there isnt a "That makes me ******* angry!" button!
 
#10
We had issues with the RSPB here. A very unique costal loch was home to Brown Trout. Over thousands of years the Brown Trout had developed into a very unique colour morph to suit their surrondings (a brackish loch). The genetics of these trout were very important and unique, and found only in this loch.

The RSPB bought the loch and declared it a sanctuary. They started to feed the resident birds grain. Much of this sank in the loch and rotted. The nutrients, over a period of a few years, rose significantly and algae blooms became common place.

With the feeding came more birds, so much so that on a winters day an area about the size of Wembly is totally covered in Geese. Add to that the thousands of other birds (mostly gulls) that are on it, it adds up to a huge amount.

With this brought bird shite. Again this added to the pollution of the water.

The last survey by SEPA showed that there was no fish life in this loch and insect life was severly affected.

The RSPB are interested in one thing, and forget the natural balance required on waters like this.
Similar problem here with cormorants, however due to the rspb not employing locals they failed to understand that cormorants are looked upon as food here. Problem soon sorted itself out. :rofl:
 
#11
The RSPB and RSPCA dont live in the real world , it would be better to let BASC and the NGO take over their roles in the countryside.
 
#12
The RSPB and RSPCA dont live in the real world , it would be better to let BASC and the NGO take over their roles in the countryside.
BASC? Great, I'd look forward to being charged £500 for a Certificate of Competent Walking and then have them connive to ban walking to protect pheasant shoots.

BASC can kiss my hairy arse.
 
#15
RSPB policy makers are second only to NTS in their complete ignorance of all things conservation - though to be fair, some of the RSPB keepers are good old fashioned killers who realise the importance of predator control, as the keepers at Rothiemurchus happily filled us in on what they really did when we had a field trip from my gamekeeping college many moons ago,

(and for those who don't know about how badly NTS fucked up with Mar Lodge, read the independent review: http://www.deer-management.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/marlodgefinal_complete.pdf )
 

OldSnowy

LE
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#17
Not THE Barney W-S who decided to go skiing just as "Charge of the Knigts" cleared the baddies out of Basra? What judgement! What timing! :)

He's a Cavalry General. There's not a lot of those around nowadays, so I suppose he should be kept as a National Treasure or summat...
 
#18
And to think I was asked contribute to his dining out after only 3 years screwing the Company !. Luckily, I'd already reached the right decision.

Committee men - fuck 'em !
He was dined out by the WOs & Sgts mess when he ended his tenure as Bde Cmdr at 16AA.

During his speech he was struck on the chest by a lump of brie cheese, launched by a Sgt in 16 Med Regt, an incident which caused the cheese chucker to enjoy many extra duties.
 
#20
RSPB policy makers are second only to NTS in their complete ignorance of all things conservation
You forgot to mention SNH! I am currently fighting a plan to "poison" a small flight pond in the grounds of a local castle because it has gold fish in it.

They want to eradicate any non native species. The goldfish have been in the water since the 1930's when it was dug. It has become a haven for kids with there "bandy nets" and the local Heron, Osprey and Otters do not seem to mind the plentiful supply of brightly coloured food. We used to take our youngest there to feed the ducks and the fish. The kids loved it when the goldfish attacked the bread, making slurping sounds. All good fun.

So, SNH are worried that the goldfish will invade other waters nearby. This flight pond in man made, not connected to any burns or streams and the nearest river is around 2 miles away and the pond is located in a private estate. Unless the goldfish suddenly grow feet, I cannot see how they justify poisoning a pond (with all the damage that will do to the insect life, frogs, toads, and mamels/birds for years to come).

Once "clean" they want to stock it with Rainbow Trout. Forgive me if I am wrong (I am not by the way!..lol), but I am pretty sure Rainbows are non native predators with a finate lifespan of about 4 years. They will happily predate on the rare toads for starters. Secondly, the water is shallow and very warm in the summer (hence the reason the goldfish do so well) and totally unsuitable of Rainbows.

The water had NEVER had trout in it, only goldfish.
 

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