UK Wild Life in Crisis

“It’s up to all of us to protect our wildlife and ensure we live in a world where all life can flourish.”
Chris Packham

Here in the UK we are facing an ecological crisis, the UK’s biodiversity is under threat. Ninety million birds have gone from our countryside since 1970 including 95 percent of turtle doves which are also at risk of becoming extinct globally.  Also corn buntings, grey partridge, tree sparrows, capercaillie and willow tit are among the species who have suffered “severe” declines since 1970. The UK has lost significantly more nature over the long term than the global average, we are among the most nature-depleted countries in the world.

If you care about our wildlife please watch the following video and take the suggested actions

Take action

Join Chris Packham On the Peoples Walk For Wildlife

More details here:

Make a note in your diary and join the walk for wildlife in central London on 22nd September 2018.

Whether or not you are able to join the walk you can help by promoting the walk and campaign. 

You can download posters here on Chris Packham’s website:

Spread the Word

YOUR WILDLIFE NEEDS YOU!

http://www.chrispackham.co.uk/peoples-walk-for-wildlife-posters

“Pin it where as many people will see it as possible – your local school, nature reserve, post office, library, museum, community centre, lamp post, in your car window.”

Full instructions for downloading and printing included in the above link.

There are also posters for you to upload on social media.

So its easy for anyone and everyone to help promote this campaign

Also from the same website you can write to your environment minister:

“Let your Environment Minister know how important wildlife conservation is to you. Whether you live in England, Scotland or Wales you can download one of these postcards, print it out and post it.”

Read more and download a postcard

http://www.chrispackham.co.uk/tell-your-environment-minister-how-much-you-love-life-all-life

Related Links

Twitter:Chris Packham  @ChrisGPackham

Also 

Turtle doves ‘nearing UK extinction because of farming practices’
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/23/turtle-doves-nearing-uk-extinction-farming-practices/

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Please Sign A Petition to Bring About a Crack Down On The Illegal Hunting Of Birds Throughout Europe!

“When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature [who] was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning. ”
Marv Levy

Did you know that the animals most harmed in the name of so called sport are birds. Find out more further down.

If you have time to read nothing else please at least sign the petition to protect some birds from the barbarity of hunting.

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“Please sign and share this petition worldwide in an effort to speak out in Europe against the illegal hunting of birds. Because of various looplaws and inconsistencies in the laws, it appears that too many birds are losing their lives, leading to a clear extinction of various breeds. We are concerned about specific species of birds such as the Amur Falcon and Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia Curruca) along with the possibility of endangerment and extinction of these birds, among others.”

Please read more and sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/206/194/838/crack-down-on-the-illegal-hunting-of-birds-throughout-europe/?z00m=22834828

More information about the hunting of birds worldwide

It is sickening that some people in our modern society feel the need to hunt any animal and that those in authority such as the EU which implement laws prohibiting such action ignore the blatant breaking of the law in this regard or have failed to close loopholes that allow the mass slaughter of these defenceless animals.

Legal or illegal it is time time to bring an end to the barbarity of hunting any creature, such as here in the UK where it is legal to shoot so called game birds such as grouse, peasants and other birds – there are even proposals to cull/kill robins.  Other than some perverted pleasure there is no reason to hunt and kill any creature. No we are not the earth’s stewards, we have no right to kill any other living being simply for pleasure or under the guise of conservation and excuses commonly made such as thinning down over population and labeling certain creatures as pests and vermin. Nature usually if left alone controls any population explosion as such is always self-limiting.

Here is an example of the barbarity of shooting migrating birds in Malta where there is at present no laws to protect these birds from those who take perverted pleasure in shooting them out of the sky and when they land to rest during their long migration:

“Every spring thousands of exhausted migratory birds land in Malta to rest and feed during their long journey. What they don’t know is that 10,000 hunters are waiting for them with the chilling motto ‘if it flies it dies’.”

Read More:
http://www.league.org.uk/malta

Please watch the video if you have not already done so

This weekend “a referendum, the first of its kind on Malta, will ask whether hunters should continue to be allowed to shoot quail and turtle doves in the spring, when birds stop for a rest in the country on their journey from Africa to northern Europe.”

Read More
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/10/malta-bird-hunting-spring-referendum-animal-welfare

Please watch the video blogs

“Ten thousand hunters on the islands can shoot unlimited numbers of birds, including turtle dove, quail, skylark and song thrush for a five month period between September and January. Hunters can also hunt over 80% of the Maltese countryside”

http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/shooting/the-shooting-of-migratory-birds-in-malta/autumn-hunting-in-malta

Europe of course is not alone in its negligence concerning protection of wild birds from hunting, in many other parts of the world there are no laws at all or the laws are ignored and not enforced.

Here are some disturbing examples

Birds massacred in Lebanon – Unfettered hunting a disgrace

“November 2012. We have been contacted by someone from Lebanon who wants to highlight the terrible situation there, where birds are shot indiscriminately in there thousands. As Lebanon is at the cross roads between Europe, Asia and Africa, many of the birds are killed while migrating to and from their breeding grounds.”

Read More
http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/lebanon-bird-hunt.html#cr

For the latest information about the killing of birds in the Lebanon

Stop Hunting in the Lebanon
https://www.facebook.com/stophuntinglebanon

Last Song for Migrating Birds

From glue-covered sticks in Egypt hang two lives, and a question: How can we stop the slaughter of songbirds migrating across the Mediterranean?

Read More:
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/07/songbird-migration/franzen-text

Doves are shot for pleasure in Argentina

In Google enter “stop dove shooting in Argentina” and you will see at least two pages of websites promoting the hunting of these defenceless birds.  Sickening the number of links to websites extolling this cruelty as a pleasure. One website advertises non stop shooting.

Unfortunately there appears to be no campaigns to stop this , at least none that I can find.

Morning Doves are shot for pleasure in the USA

Dove Shooting: A Grisly Hunt

“Mourning doves are the traditional bird of peace and a beloved backyard songbird. But some people use mourning doves as live targets, sometimes calling them “cheap skeet.” Hunters kill more doves each year—more than 20 million—than any other animal in the country.”
http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/dove_shoot/

Albania’s Coastal Wetlands: Killing Field for Migrating Birds

“Millions of birds migrating between Africa and Europe are being illegally hunted on the Balkan Peninsula, with the most egregious poaching occurring in Albania. Conservationists and the European Commission are calling for an end to the carnage.”

by phil mckenna

“Environmental groups have estimated that more than two million ducks, geese, songbirds, and raptors are shot along the Adriatic’s eastern shores every year — part of what’s known as the Adriatic Flyway, a key migratory route for birds making their seasonal journeys between the European and African continents. A recent analysis by Wetlands International, a conservation group based in the Netherlands, concluded that as many as one-third of all birds using the Black Sea-Mediterranean Flyway — an area that includes the Adriatic Flyway — are now in decline, in large part due to illegal hunting.”

Read More:
http://e360.yale.edu/feature/poachers_in_albanias_wetlands_decimate_migrating_waterbirds/2819/

Well I could go on adding link after link, there are few places safe for birds in this world of ours. I am shocked in the extreme, saddened and sickened by mans barbarity. It is disturbing to know we share this world with people of this ilk. Sometimes I am ashamed to be human.

From beasts we scorn as soulless,
In forest, field and den,
The cry goes up to witness
The soullessness of men.
M. Frida Hartley