Time for straight talk­ing

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THE Game & Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Trust (GWCT) has launched a se­ries of road­show talks to in­form and en­gage the pub­lic in ev­i­dence-based dis­cus­sions on im­por­tant coun­try is­sues. ‘There is a lot of emo­tion driv­ing the de­bate, be it so­cial-me­dia ac­tivism or cam­paign­ing based on per­sonal opin­ion. We are keen to show just how much re­search is be­ing done to in­form the im­por­tant de­ci­sions that gov­ern­ments and other bod­ies now face,’ says the GWCT’S James Swyer.

He con­tin­ues: ‘Some of the top­ics we plan to dis­cuss in­clude heather burn­ing, Na­tional Re­sources Wales’s re­cent de­ci­sion to ban pheas­ant shoot­ing on pub­lic land, the up­com­ing ju­di­cial re­view of the hen-har­rier plan, our re­search into wood­cock and our Ac­tion for Curlew cam­paign (above). We hope peo­ple from all back­grounds come along. As well as giv­ing talks, our ex­perts will be on hand to an­swer any chal­leng­ing ques­tions.’

The next talk takes place at the Old Bull, Roys­ton, Hert­ford­shire, on Novem­ber 14. Tick­ets are £10 and in­clude re­fresh­ments (01425 651021; www.gwct.org.uk). Carla Passino

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