The e-petition created by Dr Mark Avery (see above) and calling for driven grouse shooting to be banned in England (in the hope that it would help Hen Harrier numbers recover) has passed the 100,000 signature mark, the number necessary for the petition to be considered for debate in Parliament. It is now likely that the Petition Commitee will consider this petition at a meeting on 6th September. To date the most votes in Essex came from the Colne valley and Harwich and North Essex, as tabulated by Dr Avery. For the latest on this see htp://markavery.info To add your name onto the petition visit: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/125003.
The deadline for this is 20th September.