Alexander Brodie: “I don’t know that the RSPB are doing there at the moment. I mean quite frankly they’re managing a show shooting reserve. We set up this huge area thinking its going to protect the birds and I discover that wildfowlers are sitting about shooting every thing.”
Fred Holmes: “ We don’t shoot everything that moves we shoot wildfowl.”
Alexander Brodie: “I’m sorry but wildfowling, I hunt pigeons and I eat everything I hunt.I shoot very rarely but the fact is I don not respect wildfowling […] It is one of the forms of hunting in which you do get people who come up, who don’t go onto the beach, who do not respect anything and it is not a form of hunting which I think is appropriate to that land which is a very scientifically interesting area of ground.
Fred Holmes: ”I agree with what you are saying, people visiting here do not respect the law but there are few visiting wildfowlers going down there. It is usually local wild fowlers that go down there.”
Amanda later gave a graphic account of her experience as a resident in the area:
I’ve grown up in the area. I’ve ridden the horses down there over the years. In the last ten years I haven’t seen so many poo bags with poo in them lying at the side of paths in trees on fences and everything. I understand the lay’s concerns regarding why did we take away them away (dog poo bins). Half the time 99% of the folk weren’t using them.[…] The places is just an absolute shambles, to be honest, and I’m all for putting up the gate. Considering I stay at the top of the road, I’ve put up with drunks, druggies, loud music, boy racers, everything goes down the back of my house at 100 miles per hour and I’m sorry but there’s only so much you can live with.
Liz said, “Can I ask Amanda, did you call the police or any other agencies.”
Amanda continued, “We called the police, we’ve had the police involved. I’ve reported it to the council over the years. I’ve had the police down there at 8, 9, at night. I actually feel sorry for the neighbours that are further down the road because some of the things in the summer time! They’re down there, they’re taking drugs, there’s used needles there. I’ve picked up needles. I’ve picked up syringes. I’ve picked up everything rather than seeing a bairn pick it up and do something they shouldn’t do with it”