Just watched another punt on the Telly to ban lead in shooting.. Now don't get me wrong.. I do support the ban on lead for shooting over flight ponds where birds can pick up lead in their gizzards, however this does not seem to be the issue here.. RSPB et al are calling for a complete ban because "birds are still being found with lead in their system.." I get really hacked off with this. 1. The "Lead Poisioning" thing, including the use of the "contamination" word is overplaying the issue.. Lead is only poisonous in solution, it is not an issue in the vast majority of cases. Metallic lead on dry land and on ranges is not seen as a problem provided the back stop is properly designed. Only in cases where metallic dust is being produced is there a problem, which is now understood and easily mitigated. There is a clear attempth to link this issue with the leaded petrol thing, which is not scientifically sustainable.. 2. The lead poisoning in birds is a specific issue of aquatic birds picking up shot in their gizzards where it gets ground down and enters their system. The shooting community, once it became aware of the problem, reacted quickly and switched to lead free shot for the limited areas where it was a problem. There is a lot of lead remaining in the flight ponds however, and unless these are dredged, the problem will remain.. The main source of the bird problem appears to come from a limited number of flight ponds which have been shot over for over a centuary, mostly in North America. The examples that are being quoted are nearly all from migratory species which have very tight flocking and annual feeding patterns.. I see no point in banning lead wholesale.. it would make no appreciable difference and cost a huge amount of money, and cause huge technical problems. This is yet another example of an over funded, narrow interest group scoring political points, because they can, and it makes it look like they are doing something, which they are not...! Thoughts...?