Book Review by Phil Lawson
While out walking from Redmires along a footpath over the moors, I got talking to another birdwatcher on the subject of grouse. He asked me if I'd read Mark Avery's book 'Inglorious' about the conflict between birds of prey and grouse shooting. He mentioned how gamekeepers shoot brown hares because they carry a tick that could spread to grouse.
Although I was familiar with the problems of raptor persecution, I had not heard of this before. He recommended I read the book so I ordered it from the library. I picked it up on Wednesday lunchtime, thinking it could be a dull read. How wrong I was! I could not put it down and had read it by Friday teatime.
The book tells the story of the battles between bird lovers and grouse shooting over the past 40 years or so. It puts forward a strong case for banning driven grouse shooting as the only answer to improving the lot of upland birds of prey. The book refers to two cases on our patch of the successful prosecution of keepers. I was a witness in court alongside the RSPB and other members of our group for one of these cases. That was 15 years ago now and nothing has changed. I began to think just how many birds of prey have died in the Dark Peak during this time.
'Inglorious: Conflict in the Uplands' is a highly informative and compelling read. I recommend you all read it and then make up your own mind as to the best way forward.
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