Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

RSPB's Blinkered Stance on Predators; Voice of the North

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

RSPB's Blinkered Stance on Predators; Voice of the North

Article excerpt

I WAS very interested to read the letter from G Wardle (Voice of the North, March 5) regarding the decline of songbirds. He hits the nail exactly on the head.

For years, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds have been the enemy of small birds with their blinkered stance on the protection of birds of prey, whose numbers are at an all time high and getting higher.

What set out originally as a charity concerned with birds, with a huge income from legacies and subscriptions, has developed into a monster which is much more important than farming.

According to its latest accounts, it managed to get pounds 4.5m from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and there is almost pounds 13m listed in the column "grants from the UK government".

These "bloody beaks" which they promote are apparently more valuable than some other endangered species.

Take goshawks, the pride of Kielder forest, introduced into one of the last strongholds of our endangered red squirrel. …

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