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Which way is BASC facing on Hen Harrier killing?

I gave BASC some credit for their rapid condemnation of the killing of Hen Harriers after the publication of the analysis of the NE satellite-tagging data.

But now that Duncan Thomas has voiced his views, presumably his employer’s views too, on TV, along the lines of ‘there’s a tiny amount of persecution occurring and we have to be careful about where these data come from’ I’m not so sure I should have been so generous. One wonders what Mr Thomas says in private if he takes this line in public.

Mr Thomas is certainly not a scientist but he should be aware that the Peak District is the second most dangerous National Park/AONB to fly if you are a Hen Harrier according to the quite sophisticated analysis carried out by the academics brought in to rescue the NE study.

If the senior members of BASC are keen to differentiate themselves from the more rabid voices of the shooting community, which it has appeared might be possible, then they’ll have to try harder to have a clear line in public. Although now run by an ex-army officer, BASC seems to have the corporate discipline of a Tory cabinet so we’ll just park them in the ‘confused’ category for now.

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