Today The Hawk and Owl Trust released a strongly worded position statement aimed at the England Forestry Panel. It states that:
- Forestry Commission forests must remain in national ownership and be given effective protection in the public domain for all of us, for ever
- the Forestry Commission should be given a new constitution and a new remit with protection of the environment at its heart to enable it to continue its management of forests on behalf of everyone in England
- the Forestry Commission and its management of forests are crucial to the achievement of the Trust’s core aim ‘to see birds of prey reaching their full potential as a vital and beautiful part of the UK environment’.
Explaining the Trustees’ strongly held views, Chairman Mrs Barbara Handley said:
The Forestry Commission and through it the forests it manages have an exceptional record for the conservation and protection of birds of prey. At a time when illegal persecution remains a critical problem on many estates, the Forestry Commission and its forests stand apart as the place where birds of prey are safe.