Our Woodcock petition passes 60,000 and 61,000 signatures

Our petition to limit the Woodcock shooting season is moving on again (after a little snooze). Yesterday it passed 60,000 signatures and 61,000 signatures – and Chris Packham is very happy about it!

We wonder whether Chris Loder, the MP for West Dorset, is as thrilled as Chris – his constituents are now a long way ahead in the list of constituencies.

Here are the leading 35 constituencies – all with more than 200 signatures;

    1. West Dorset, Chris Loder MP412 signatures
    2. North Norfolk, Duncan Baker MP345 signatures
    3. Suffolk Coastal, Therese Coffey MP345 signatures
    4. Derbyshire Dales, Sarah Dines MP332 signatures
    5. Central Devon, Mel Stride MP317 signatures
    6. Torridge and West Devon, Geoffrey Cox MP310 signatures
    7. South Norfolk, Richard Bacon MP297 signatures
    8. Broadland, Jerome Mayhew MP277 signatures
    9. Totnes, Anthony Mangnall MP263 signatures
    10. North Dorset, Simon Hoare MP261 signatures
    11. Norwich S, Clive Lewis MP260 signatures
    12. High Peak, Robert Largan MP260 signatures
    13. Mid Norfolk, George Freeman MP254 signatures
    14. S Dorset, Richard Drax MP 253 signatures
    15. Stroud, Siobhan Baillie MP244 signatures
    16. Tiverton & Honiton, Richard Foord MP241 signatures
    17. St Ives, Derek Thomas MP236 signatures
    18. Sheffield Hallam, Olivia Blake MP234 signatures
    19. Wells, James Heappey MP233 signatures
    20. Somerton and Frome, David Warburton MP233 signatures
    21. North West Norfolk, James Wild MP232 signatures
    22. Lewes, Maria Caulfield MP231 signatures
    23. East Devon, Simon Jupp MP223 signatures
    24. Isle of Wight, Bob Seely MP222 signatures
    25. Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas MP, 220 signatures
    26. Brecon and Radnorshire, Fay Jones MP219 signatures
    27. Thirsk and Malton, Kevin Hollinrake MP216 signatures
    28. Bury St Edmunds, Jo Churchill MP 214 signatures
    29. Skipton and Ripon, Julian Smith MP208 signatures
    30. South East Cambridgeshire, Lucy Fraser MP208 signatures
    31. Ceredigion, Ben Lake MP207 signatures
    32. Arundel and South Downs, Andrew Griffith MP206 signatures
    33. Central Suffolk & N Ipswich, Dan Poulter MP 202 signatures
    34. S Suffolk, James Cartlidge MP 202 signatures
    35. SW Norfolk, Liz Truss MP 200 signatures

Here’s a map of where the signatures come from – everywhere! But SW England and East Anglia are particularly strong areas of support. It’s good to see that Therese Coffey’s constituents are sending the Defra Secretary of State a strong message on what she should do.

For the last 53 days and for the next 8 days it is legal to shoot Woodcock in the UK – we are trying to change that. We want the shooting season curtailed to protect the declining UK breeding population. Our petition calls for shooting to cease in October and November and be limited to December and January. This is even what some shooters and shooting organisations want but they are prepared to leave it up to the good will of shooters to abstain from a legal activity whereas we want the shooting season to stipulate no shooting in October and November.

Westminster Parliament petitions run for 6 months, and we still have a little over two months to go. We think it will be a struggle to reach 100,000. We need your help – not just in signing the petition yourself but in finding a few others to sign it too.

Every signature counts, whether it is the 7th in Foyle or the 413th in West Dorset. 

Please share the petition link – https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/619615 – you can help move things along even faster. Thank you.