Unfortunately due to commitments I could not make it but this link may interest fans of Mark Avery. Anyone who has ever met Mark or has attended an after dinner speech will know just what an impressive, knowledgeable man he is. If you wish to leave a comment one can do so at the bottom of this piece, the category panel over on the right hand side is also worth a look dear reader.
If I can maybe digress slightly and make a comment as to raptor persecution in general, but in particular the attitude of the pigeon flying fraternity . I have been for many years a pigeon keeper who has had to listen to my peers in the hobby spout pernicious hatred towards raptors, regardless of species, or indeed prey taken. I have always, of course, left them in no doubts as to my disagreeing with them . Thing is, certainly as far as the racing pigeon blokes go, they have no compunction about killing their own birds once they are considered past their best . Are these the actions of people who keep pigeons for the love of them ?