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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

Queen guitarist Brian May has joined the opposition to a planned cull of at least 200 Canada geese on Windermere.

The cull is backed by the Lake District National Park Authority in response to complaints by landowners about the birds eating crops. There are also claims that their droppings are adversely affecting water quality.

May called the cull “unthinkable and unjustified”.

He said: “The current climate of ignorance leads many people in authority, responding to the first complaint about an inconvenience or a loss in income, to reach for the gun.”

He may be right. But do his views make any difference?

The guitarist’s contribution will certainly have raised awareness of the issue.

But Reiver is intrigued by the thought that somewhere in Cumbria, someone is laying down their shotgun after reading May’s words.

“I was really keen to see the geese slaughtered,” they’ll say. “But I really like the guitar solo from Bohemian Rhapsody so now I think they should be saved.”

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