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Letter to my MP – Mark Avery


Expensive Mr Pursglove,


First, congratulations in your promotion to Minister of State on the House Workplace and Ministry of Justice.  As your colleagues resigned in droves I questioned whether or not you’d be one of many few remaining authorities ministers.

I’m writing to you about an endangered hen known as the Woodcock. It’s a wading hen, a bit like a big dumpy Snipe, which nests in UK woodland, together with in our constituency of Corby. Glapthorn Cow Pasture was once a great place to see them, and I did see one there final spring, however they’re typically rather more tough to see lately. And what’s true of our a part of North Northants is usually true as Woodcock have declined sufficient to be added to the UK Crimson Checklist of birds due to their inhabitants decline.

Wild Justice, the not-for-profit organisation primarily based in your constituency is anxious concerning the destiny of the Woodcock within the UK. We wrote to Defra in March asking the division to train the powers obtainable to the Secretary of State to limit the taking pictures season, the truth is to maneuver the beginning of taking pictures from 1 October to 1 December.  The professional-shooting Recreation and Wildlife Conservation Belief recommends this as a voluntary transfer by shooters however we’re asking for this to be a authorized change.  We’ve nonetheless not obtained a reply from Defra.

Our response was to begin a parliamentary petition calling for a change within the taking pictures season. This notched up 10,000 signatures, triggering the necessity for a response from Defra, on its first day of existence and has since moved to over 20,000 signatures at the moment – sooner or later in need of its first month of existence.

Defra responded to the petition lately however with an off-hand response that merely didn’t tackle our reasonable proposal.

Consequently, I’d ask you to contact Defra and ask the next questions on my behalf, please:

  • what requirements does Defra regard as acceptable for coping with correspondence and does their non-response to our letter meet these requirements?
  • does Defra imagine {that a} change in taking pictures dates is of no assist to the declining Woodcock inhabitants? If that’s the case, please can they cite the science on which they base that view?
  • if Defra believes {that a} change within the taking pictures season dates would possibly or would assist Woodcock populations then why are they not taking motion?
  • has the Defra minister, Lord Benyon, ever shot a Woodcock?
  • Does Lord Benyon plan to shoot any Woodcock this autumn/winter and can he be complying with the recommendation of GWCT (for which he has been a trustee when not a minister) and never shoot any till on or after 1 December?

many thanks,

Yours sincerely

Dr Mark Avery

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