Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury
One of our most popular television programmes is
‘Springwatch’ when we delight in seeing all sorts of wild animals going about
their daily lives.
It is difficult to
realise that in some areas of the country it is quite legal to kill the buzzard
that we have watched hatching and feeding its chicks. It was recently reported
that Natural England had issued licences to kill buzzards where game birds were
being bred. An increasingly rare gull has seen its population decimated since
the 1970s, originally culled to protect water supplies from pollution but
latterly believed to be culled to protect game birds for a small number of
people to kill for sport.
Our government is also likely to go ahead with a cull of
badgers, a protected species, against all scientific evidence that it will be
ineffective and without any recourse to the dairy industry which insists on
reducing their cattle’s resistance to disease by continuing to over produce
Many people here in Deal will be unsympathetic regarding the
plight of gulls which are regarded as nothing but a nuisance. The lesser black
back gulls in question are summer visitors that breed in Lancashire and then return
to Portugal. Our much more common herring gulls which scavenge for food here
can cause lots of trouble, coming into gardens for food and nesting in
inconvenient places. It is important not to give them the opportunity to tear
open rubbish bags which should not contain food.