I don't often get onto my soap box for a petition, but this one I feel is a just cause. There is a group called the Songbird Survival Trust which purports to be a legitimate wildlife conservation organisation, but in fact has hidden agenda's. That's fine, all organisations have hidden agendas. It's part of life. However under the auspices of research, they are organising a culling programme of corvids, in the belief that this will prevent further songbird decline. Is it me, but if we decide that in our countryside, one group of animals should prosper at the expense of eradicating another, then we're on a slippery slope back 100 years, especially when in this case all the evidence suggests that while crows has some impact, farmland practices, human development, disturbance and habitat loss are the biggests problem facing songbirds.
I fully understand the need to regulate corvids in some circumstances, and have no problem with landowners controlling their numbers. After all the whole of the UK is managed to a greater or lesser extent. However... for a so called wildlife group to plan and execute this cull seems very dubious to me. So a petition has been set up to try and stop this. I have no involvement with any of this, just want to spread the word. A link to the petition is here.