Stop the shoot­ing

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Our Wild World -

The oth­er­wise ex­cel­lent re­view of the changes be­ing made to the in­fa­mous Holkham estate in Nor­folk by Pa­trick Barkham (Bal­anc­ing act, July 2019) omits some se­ri­ous and top­i­cal is­sues: the shoot­ing of cap­tive bred game birds and the use of lead shots. Hope­fully both ac­tiv­i­ties are banned at Holkham, and hope­fully the shoot­ing of all de­clin­ing waders, in­clud­ing wood­cock, will be banned un­der the new man­age­ment. Al­low­ing the con­tin­ued shoot­ing of waders, in a coun­try where the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of peo­ple con­demn the shoot­ing of tur­tle doves and thrushes else­where, is un­jus­ti­fi­able. John Bur­ton, World Land Trust

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