Defra to review impacts of shooting – including Woodcock

On his last day in the job George Eustice wrote to Wild Justice in what amounts to a massive U-turn on his department’s previous responses to us on the Woodcock shooting season. Today’s Times carries a piece on this news (DEFRA shooting rethink offers lifeline to endangered Woodcock).

Here is the letter, which commits DEFRA (including his successor Ranil Jayarwardena as Secretary of State) to consult the administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and review the impacts of shooting on species which can legally be shot.

This letter followed the Petitions Committee requiring DEFRA to provide a proper response to our petition (see here).

If you haven’t signed our petition yet – then please have a look – click here.