SQUABS AT RISK
I feel compelled to write after the discovery of two woodpigeon squabs that had starved to death in their nest following the death of both parent birds, which had been shot flighting on to a harvested pea field.
Many thousands of young pigeons will suffer a similar fate if we continue to shoot this most sporting of birds during the peak months of their breeding season. I am going to put my head above the parapet by suggesting that we look to introduce either a close season or use non-lethal methods to keep them off crops during this time.
Pigeon shooting is a popular sport and is a means of economic control. But in this day and age, when fieldsports are under increasing attack from those who would like to see an end to country