Last month we posted a shortcast by ecologist Tom Langton which discussed a call for evidence made by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (the JNCC) which could lead to the removal of legislative protection for many of the UK’s amphibians and reptiles, and which – in Tom’s words – could “allow snake-bashing to become lawful again”. The following week a short, precise message was sent to the JNCC by a coalition of over 30 non-government organisations (see – Open NGO letter responding to proposed changes to the eligibility criteria for the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981)) which specifically referenced the Quinquennial Review – the process by which every five years an inter-agency group makes recommendations to Defra and the devolved administrations in Great Britain on changes to the schedules (or lists) of protected species. Tom decided to go a bit further and also wrote to the various government bodies concerned to remind them of some of the detail and asking them to be clear about things as soon as possible – by the 26th July to be precise. He also popped in a freedom of information request for the paperwork for good measure. In his letter, Tom suggested that legal issues are at stake here and that repercussions could be huge. What seems strange is the lack of response from those government bodies. You can imagine it might perhaps take a few days to draft a response, but it’s now been more than two weeks since his letter was sent. Maybe they disagree amongst themselves – or simply don’t know what to do about it….Continue reading
Our tenth episode opens with a rolling discussion and personal anecdotes that takes in unprecedented heat in North America, visiting Exxon-Mobil’s HQ in Houston, peak air travel, commuting, the Eye of Fire, and the climate emergency. Charlie takes a chunk out of BBC Bitesize for writing that there were positives to climate chaos. In Hero and Villian we applaud Emily Williamson (and the Plumage Act) and Greenpeace UK for uncovering Exxon-Mobil’s lobbying of the US government, and we take aim at Exxon-Mobil, Phil ‘the Gurning Deer Killer’ Spencer, and the Common Agricultural Policy for helping destroy Europe’s biodiversity. In 60 Second Sell (or should that be ’60 Second Shoutout’?) we hear from ecologist Robyn Murphy about her petition to the JNCC (about their proposal to remove protection from widespread species of reptiles and amphibians) and flag up 10-year-old Bailey Woozeer’s petition to introduce a yearly fundraising day for animals in school.Continue reading
In this shortcast Tom Langton discusses the call for evidence made by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) which could lead to the removal of legislative protection for many of the UK’s amphibians and reptiles, and could “allow snake-bashing to become lawful again”.
As Tom says, keeping moderately abundant animals from declining is as important as protecting rare species, as it is more expensive to recover the biomass once it’s disappeared”.