Calling Bill Oddie
The issue is being addressed today when the Scottish Homing Union (SHU), which represents 3,700 pigeon fanciers, meets Mike Russell, the environment minister, to ask for a cull of sparrowhawks. The SHU says it has lost a fifth of its members in the past four years after sparrowhawks targeted their lofts. Prize pigeons worth up to £100,000 have been killed.
Fanciers say up to 70,000 prize racing birds are eaten alive every year in Scotland and are calling on the Scottish Government to license the trapping and humane culling of sparrowhawks.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in Scotland opposes any cull.
Tricky thing nature, red in tooth and claw, yet another point of friction of where our interests interact with it. We like to believe we are disinterested observers and can just watch it all be lovely as long as we don't interfere, we aren't, we are part of it.