Liam Bell, Chairman of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation, said: “Gamekeepers across the country agree that we need to eradicate wildlife crime and we will continue to work hard to make that a reality.”
As a result of the RSPB’s recent reported increase into bird of prey persecution levels during the coronavirus lockdown – and repeated in the Channel 4 News feature - that this is the result of 'orchestrated' and 'coordinated activity' by gamekeepers causing a widespread problem is a concern.
The NGO has contacted the RSPB and the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) to seek clarification on the source of the information and statistics provided. We await a response from the RPSB. For more information click here.
The NGO has, and will continue to speak out against wildlife crime. It has been involved in the Partnership Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) for many years. PAW is a 'collaboration of organisations who work together to reduce wildlife crime. They do this through prevention and awareness-raising, better regulation, and effective and targeted enforcement.' For more information click here.