The European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) is one of our nations most beloved birds, especially during our winter time. It will come as a surprise to many, that 2 days ago (14/1/19) Natural England and Natural Resources Wales have approved these protected species to be shot, along with other birds such as starlings, bullfinches and blackbirds. The reasons given were that they were "a threat to public health and air safety" and killing them would "prevent serious damage to livestock". I don't know about you but these reasons seem absurd to me, and the underlying reason is most likely that these nesting birds are a problem for property developers. The chair of Natural England (Andrew Sells) also happens to be a founder of a property development business (Linden Homes) with no environmental background who was appointed by government ministers a few years ago. What are your thoughts?