It s the CATS not the CAP
Euroserf notes that " BirdLifes scientific studies from the last 30 years have shown that 70% of the 173 different priority bird species which are dependent on farmland habitats in Europe are endangered. This dramatic decline is clearly associated with the Common Agricultural Policy which over the last 40 years has stimulated changes in land use in Europe that have had a devastating effect on bird populations, other wildlife and natural habitats.
Now the CAP is a BAD thing for many reasons -though helping me pay off my mortgage means it has at least one redeeming feature - but killing the songbirds? - modern agriculture wherever doesn't help - that is nothing to do with CAP just progress. But CAP reform means that there is money for providing for the birdies - I have just trousered £10k for various schemes to make the Castle more environmentally friendly last year, it is more profitable and fun farming wildlife than wheat I have discovered. So beat the CAP for its sins but leave Jenny Wren out of it.
A real villain is elsewhere - one without any redeeming features at all (though no politician will go after it...
It is a fact that the single most devastating killer of small birds is the domestic cat. Something like 100,000,000 small birds are killed by dear pussy on an annual basis.
Put a collar and a bell on every domestic cat in the country.
This is the primary objective of the Save Our Songbirds Society. All paid up members of the Society will be given a set of collars and bells to give away to their cat loving friends, and a sheaf of leaflets explaining the benefits to wildlife that will accrue from this endeavour.
There is a lot of nonsense talked by those who should know better. The Magpie is a well known raider of eggs and chicks, is now said not to endanger small birds. The Sparrow Hawk is a merciless killer of the vanishing Song Thrush and Blackbird and has doubled in numbers but is unassailable.
The Harrier - reported in the Langholm
Report to have killed 956 Meadow Pipits on two moors alone in a year, not to mention all the grouse, is protected from cull. The Peregrine Falcon, the Goshawk Hawk, are all afforded blanket protection at the expense of the songbird. This madness must cease. Of course it is possible to have a good population of avian predators, but when their numbers swell to the disadvantage of all around them, then something must be done.