Richard Benyon is the current UK Minister for Wildlife and Biodiversity. He is a multi-million with over 20,000 acres of land around a Tudor built stately home which has been in his family for almost 300 years.
Benyon has been involved in number of environmental scandals. He sold off large areas of privately owned ecologically important habitat to be quarried for aggregate, outraging wildlife conservation groups across the country. The project covers 88 hectares of land, which includes ancient woodland and heathland vital to the conservation of rare species.
He has been publicly proven to be ignorant of even a basic understanding of British biodiversity, not knowing the names of the common fish species he is charged with protecting and declaring war on ragwort, a native an important plant species fundamental to ecology.
Now Benyon is heading a scheme funded by DEFRA (or more accurately the tax payer) to capture and destroy Buzzards in an attempt to reduce their effect on pheasant poults reared by wealthy land owners for other wealthy land owners to shoot. How exactly does spending this money on killing our native and protected birds of prey help protect biodiversity? It doesn't and it costs 375,000 GBP.
I think the most helpful thing that could be done right now to protect British biodiversity is to have Richard Benyon removed from his position as UK Minister of Wildlife and Biodiversity.
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