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by Ben@Forest
21 Mar 2019, 1:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Dandelions, thistles and moss
Replies: 28
Views: 543

Re: Dandelions, thistles and moss

Astroturf. It'll satisfy your need to bring nature to order.
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by Ben@Forest
20 Mar 2019, 7:56pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds
Replies: 162
Views: 3490

Re: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds

Given that independent research proves that its is damaging, what is your argument for it continuing? But with research you pays your money (or your prejudice) and takes your choice. I've seen research that shows there are greater numbers of songbirds in well-managed pheasant holding woodlands than...
by Ben@Forest
20 Mar 2019, 6:05pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds
Replies: 162
Views: 3490

Re: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds

When out cycling I tend to see more pheasants occupying arable farmland than woodland. It may be that they are originally released into woodland but they don't stay there. The pheasant is a classic woodland fringe bird. So woodlands which hold pheasant are often linear or planted as a series of woo...
by Ben@Forest
20 Mar 2019, 2:46pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds
Replies: 162
Views: 3490

Re: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds

Given that independent research proves that its is damaging, what is your argument for it continuing? But with research you pays your money (or your prejudice) and takes your choice. I've seen research that shows there are greater numbers of songbirds in well-managed pheasant holding woodlands than...
by Ben@Forest
20 Mar 2019, 2:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds
Replies: 162
Views: 3490

Re: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds

Is it really right to breed animals just to be shot? Which really takes us down the route of veganism, because this is the fate of all farmed animals. There are no doubt issues with the release of pheasants but it is into woodland habitats where dynamics have already been altered by man and where p...
by Ben@Forest
20 Mar 2019, 12:45pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds
Replies: 162
Views: 3490

Re: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds

There's an adage which goes 'I don't hunt to kill I kill to hunt'. There seems to be an overweening sense on here that people who shoot and kill birds must bed some type of sadist. So does that go for abattoir workers? Or pest controllers? Or people who spend four hours in a deer seat to get one goo...
by Ben@Forest
19 Mar 2019, 8:10am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Peace & Reconciliation?
Replies: 26
Views: 1233

Re: Peace & Reconciliation?

"Because there were no war criminals in the IRA" Which I neither wrote nor implied. Of course there were. I would say the following: Plus one - just so. But it's always the victorious occupying force that decides which side is the war criminal. Suggests that the authorities of the state, ...
by Ben@Forest
18 Mar 2019, 10:27pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Peace & Reconciliation?
Replies: 26
Views: 1233

Re: Peace & Reconciliation?

Plus one - just so. But it's always the victorious occupying force that decides which side is the war criminal. Because there were no war criminals in the IRA https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwi6xbq33IzhAhVCJ1AKHZJNBN0QzPwBegQIARAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thegu...
by Ben@Forest
18 Mar 2019, 10:16am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds
Replies: 162
Views: 3490

Re: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds

Not quite the case IMHO. I think that doubt must be cast over the very large commercial shoots' ability to use the (typically pheasants) game shot, but I believe that on smaller scale operations, rough shoots etc that's not the case. They typically don't appear in retail outlets as they are distrib...
by Ben@Forest
18 Mar 2019, 5:57am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds
Replies: 162
Views: 3490

Re: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds

Catching fish (for fun?), then releasing them seems a bit perverse, one suspects many die soon after from injuries and shock The experience of coarse fishing where the same carp are caught time and again - to the extent that the owners of the fishery or regular anglers have named them - would seem ...
by Ben@Forest
17 Mar 2019, 2:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Replacing a fence
Replies: 15
Views: 761

Re: Replacing a fence

The alternative is do not use concrete at all. It has been shown that concrete setting rots fence posts quicker (because the tiny movements always occur at the point of the concrete level creating a stress point). Set each post deep enough and tamp down broken brick, stone or even some of the concre...
by Ben@Forest
17 Mar 2019, 1:44pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds
Replies: 162
Views: 3490

Re: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds

There is, but as you say, in much much bigger environments than we have to offer. The whole reason they disappeared is because it was relatively easy for man to do so in our little island, I think. Yes, releasing wolves in the Highlands sounds tempting but wolf packs can have huge ranges. I read so...
by Ben@Forest
17 Mar 2019, 6:33am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds
Replies: 162
Views: 3490

Re: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds

Listen to Cugel he knows a lot. If he says RSPB is wrong well... His last post suggests that the wildlife and animal welfare charities in this country are only in it for the money. That we should stop managing the countryside (great - hope everyone is sorted for bread). And that most people who hun...
by Ben@Forest
16 Mar 2019, 10:56pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds
Replies: 162
Views: 3490

Re: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds

I feel that the RSPB, like the RSPCA, The World Wildlife Fund and other organisations of that ilk have become large bureaucracies staffed and run by people who are politic at preserving their organisation and the large amounts of dosh they enjoy. To do so they make themselves acceptable to the larg...
by Ben@Forest
16 Mar 2019, 10:22pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds
Replies: 162
Views: 3490

Re: Challenge to Natural England Killing of Wild Birds

You could say it's wrong, but in the altered world we have created it is likely that if the RSPB didn't do it we could see the extirpation of the curlew. How long have these species lived with their predators? 10 years, 100, 1000 - or more likely tens of millions. To blame their demise on predation...