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Petition to Natural England, UK Parliament, DEFRA


STOP THE LEGALISED KILLING OF 65+ SPECIES OF TREASURED AND ENDANGERED WILD BIRDS - IN ENGLAND Natural England, the government sponsored agency, is issuing licences to kill 65+ species of birds, many red and amber listed and endangered. We want:- to thoroughly overhaul Natural England and its licensing process, making it fully transparent and accountable as a public agency, if necessary replacing it entirely with a totally independent body. to arrange a meeting with the environment secretary to discuss the concerns of the British public over Natural England's officially sanctioned killing of wild birds. to revoke licences currently issued until each has been independently reviewed. to examine future licences and ensure that they are not issued for spurious and/or vague reasons. to instigate a rigorous process to follow up on licences issued, to verify that the licensees are complying with strict criteria. *since starting this petition, I discovered through a Freedom of Information request that Natural England are issuing licences to kill 65+ species of native birds, many red and amber listed and endangered.So, I decided to extend this petition to include these other birds.What began as a campaign to save Ravens is now a battle to protect all British birds from the dubious licencing activities of Natural England. ***10th April 2019***In a landmark for our petition, I am pleased to say that I have had a useful discussion with the Director of Operations at Natural England regarding our concerns over their licencing system. Although we did not reach agreement over several matters, one very positive development has resulted from our conversation. Starting this year, Natural England have promised to publish an annual list of all licences issued, including species, figures and reasons given for granting each licence. This is a major breakthrough as it will allow public scrutiny of some of the agency's activities.But many issues are unresolved, particularly with regard to transparency over licence applications and monitoring of licences granted. I am having ongoing discussions with Natural England over the issues raised by our petition and I am continuing to press for more detailed information.Further updates in due course. Thank you all for your continued support - it is so important to keep sharing the petition - the more signatures we get, the more chance of bringing about change. (The original petition is below, it has since been extended and amended to include all the British birds that are being killed through Natural England's licences) The Government sponsored agency Natural England, under direction from environment secretary Michael Gove, has issued licences allowing farmers in England to shoot ravens.The farmers say that the rare birds are a threat to lambs and piglets. Ravens are a protected species.They are only just beginning to recover from long term decline and still number less than 8,000 pairs in the whole of the United Kingdom. They should not be killed. Allowing Ravens to be legally killed under licence may severely impact on the future survival of the species.The move will do nothing to improve the Government's already tarnished reputation on environmental matters. The licences have been issued to farmers in five counties, but as we have seen from the badger cull, our fear is that this appalling plan could be rolled out nationwide unless it can be stopped. We ask the Government to reconsider this ill-conceived slaughter of yet another protected species and demand that they revoke the licences. There are better ways to protect farm livestock than to embark on the destruction of an endangered and much loved bird.

Jason Endfield
354,233 supporters
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Petition to Richard White

Save the Beaconsfield Arms from Demolition

To prevent the demolition of the historic and beautiful Beaconsfield Arms pub which is currently proposed by planning application 19/06864/FUL. The Beaconsfield Arms is a quaint, character building on Hughenden Road, High Wycombe dating to the early 19th century. It formed part of the estate of Benjamin Disraeli and is named after him as Earl of Beaconsfield. There has been a pub on the site since at least 1821 when it was known as The Horse Shoes. This means that for nearly 200 years, the site has been occupied by a building intended to serve the community. We believe demolition of the building that housed the pub would have an adverse effect on the local area in depriving it of a beautiful building that is in character with the surrounding houses. Its demolition would have a further adverse effect on High Wycombe as a whole in removing a building with a clear link to Benjamin Disraeli: one of Britain's great Victorian Prime Ministers and arguably our most famous historical resident. Prevention of the demolition would also prevent inappropriate development of the site the building occupies which we believe planning application 19/06864/FUL also proposes. The building should be preserved by the Council on the Local List as a building of special architectural or historic interest and it should be returned to some form of community use for the benefit of all local residents.

Temple End Residents' Association
217 supporters