birds of prey (rights of way)

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TheLal
Falconer eh?! I adore them! some of my affluent arabic friends have
them for their hunting prowess.
On the M32 coming out of Bristol there are at least two pairs of
Buzzards who regularly ride the thermals. When I'm around in the
countryside I always watch out for them in the skies almost constantly,
okay I get some grumpy old gits honking their horns at me, but I don't
really care about them or their impatience.
When I'm driving through France and Italy to either Marseilles or more
often Genoa for the ferry to Tunis there are absolutely loads of them,
and I often stop and watch them - so effortless, so professional and
expert in their use of air currents, so clever in their way - I aspire
to the human equivalent idea but never quite get there 'cos I'm always
too much under stress...So when is your next journey planned for
visiting the UK?
Renate
>>> [Email address removed] 12/01/04 06:51pm >>>
Ian,
I commend on what u're trying to do.
Certianly losing rights of way has been an ongoing histroical issue
with
lots of reasons.
Often its just lack of use and lose of knowlege about the track and a
farmer
ripping it up and include it onto his field.
I believe more public protest is in order and is needed but as its a
very
low minority usage I don't think u'll get very far with it.
(Look at hunting with foxes and all the support that had but still lost
or
will - from a falconer!)
My belief is the best resort is thru the legal system and sue the
local
authority for taking away rights that are given and should be defined
by
law. Issue there is cost (got any 4x4'ers that are lawyers and gave
offer
free legal advice) and clarity on the legal aspects. I think the legal
foundation is good but more problems due to lack of definition on where
the
route is and type of access. Here u often need histocial interest to be
able
to give extra info on how far back it was used, by whom, horses,
carriages
etc. etc. So u may end up becoming a historian as well as a legal
guru!
Best of luck from an Irishman in Colorado who's lived in England and
Scotland!
Lal
 
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