Allan Drewitt, Natural England officer, on site October 22 2014. Allan is an ornithologist working for Natural England. He has been asked to compile a report on the state of the land at Lion Farm on the Pevensey Marshes. Lion Farm is situated between Radar Farm and Bunker Hill at RAF Wartling. RAF Pevensey is further west along the Wartling Road heading towards Pevensey. The subject of the report is Lapwings, where the land concerned did not have lapwings on site from 2011 before purchase by the then owner, and it appears, may not have resident lapwings on site today. Our concern, and no disrespect to Mr Drewitt, is the potential for conflict of interest, where an independent report may have been more appropriate. This of course is Natural England's call and no blame for that decision rests with Mr Drewitt, who is recognized as a general expert on the subject, rather than a specialist dealing exclusively with lapwings. This was Allan's first visit to the site.
NATURAL ENGLAND'S - ORNITHOLOGISTS and OBVIOUS BIAS
West Norfolk Local Group - RSPB News - Rare stone-curlew hits post-war
in woodlarks prompts return to farmland - Natural England
Did you forget to mention about the Magpies Allan?
NATURAL ENGLAND and FRAUD
The NE Board has corporate responsibility for ensuring that Natural England fulfils the aims and objectives set by the Secretary of State. The main roles of the Board are to establish Natural England’s strategy, approve direction and review performance of the organisation. As a local and national authority, they are bound by Section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998, being that they must not violate any of the Articles of the European Convention. In particular they must act without discrimination and fairly, such as to comply with Articles 14 and 6.
There have though been cases where bias has been a feature of case handling. We are following a live case at the moment, being handled by Cath Jackson and Sue Beale, where permissions had been agreed and a landowner at great financial cost made adjustments, but then having agreed those adjustments would be acceptable, Natural England then sought to prosecute the landowner, even where he had permission from the local council for certain works, and there was no danger to any wildlife being caused by other works, which were to protect grazing animals, that otherwise might escape and either drown, or become a danger to nearby road users.
The burning question is, do any members of staff or the Board have any financial interests in the Wartling area? We will be writing to Natural England seeking assurances and clarification if necessary.
Ornithology is a branch of zoology that concerns the study of birds. Etymologically, the word "ornithology" derives from the ancient Greek
ὄρνις ornis ("bird") and λόγος logos ("rationale" or "explanation"). Several aspects of ornithology differ from related disciplines, due partly to the high visibility and the aesthetic appeal of birds. Most marked among these is the extent of studies undertaken by amateurs working within the parameters of strict scientific methodology.
FRAUD EXAMPLE CASE: ERIC DONALD HUNTER October 2011
FORMER solicitor has been struck off and ordered to pay £35,000 in costs for dishonestly overcharging clients.
The Pevensey Levels have not been surveyed since at least 2009 and it is unclear as to what that survey revealed. We tried to obtain copy of the data for this area and were told:-
EMAIL REPLY TO REQUEST FOR DATA 19-9-2013
This is an automatically generated message from the NBN Gateway - DO NOT REPLY
you for your data request via the NBN Gateway. We're unable to allow
access to all species data for the whole of Sussex to you but will be more
than happy to provide you with desktop biodiversity reports for the sites
that you need data for.
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