Wild Justice on Sea – thank you!

Last weekend Wild Justice took to the seas – venturing out into Poole Harbour, Dorset, with two boat loads of our supporters. Working with Birds of Poole Harbour, we set out with our binoculars raised, on the lookout for some of the local avian superstars.

Wild Justice is having a busy year. Our projects have varied enormously – from looking at the state of our SSSIs to testing lead levels in game meat, and from supporting a successful legal challenge of scallop dredging to securing a debate on shortening the Woodcock shooting season. Throughout all of our investigations and legal challenges, our wins, our losses, there’s one consistent element; your support. With each challenge, report or newsletter we hear your words of encouragement, news of your own actions, and your thoughts and ideas. Our work is funded by you, our supporters; many ‘small’ donations adding up to a sizeable sum which enables us to campaign, challenge and take action. We’re only a small organisation and team, and we don’t deal with the millions of pounds that larger NGOs deal with, but we know we pack a punch.

Earlier in the year we invited our newsletter subscribers to register their interest in joining us on a boat trip in Poole Harbour. Over the weekend, over 120 of you and some invited guests joined us and we saw Ospreys, a White-tailed Eagle, Spoonbills, Sandwich Terns, Curlew Sandpipers, a variety of waders and even a rare Forster’s Tern (from North America!). This was also an opportunity for us to talk to just a few of you about Wild Justice’s work and how our Pine Marten-like tenacity creates a landscape of fear among government and regulatory bodies. We also heard from some of our lawyers at Leigh Day, who work incredibly hard with us to bring justice for wildlife.

It energised and buoyed us to share the experience with a group of like-minded people. We’re really grateful for your support, thoughts and ideas – thank you! A big thank you also to Birds of Poole Harbour for their hosting and excellent bird-spotting skills. the weather was great on Friday and Saturday and then it tipped down with rain on Sunday – we were lucky!

If this type of trip sounds like something you’d like to come along to – make sure you’re subscribed to our newsletter – click here – to hear about any future events. And please spread the word – our newsletter is where you hear about our work, challenges and news first. The more people we reach, the more effective we can be for our wildlife!