As a nation we ask a lot of the countryside. It must feed us, attract tourists, be accessible for recreation and exercise, generate energy and store carbon. At the same time it must clean the air, provide an escape and inspiration, manage flood water, provide habitats for flora and fauna, and be a good place to live and work for rural communities. We ask all this and much more.
The fight against poaching started as a means to protect the nobility's right to hunt, but it has now become a war, a war that fights the lure of profit and wealth in order to protect the earth's wildlife and prevent the extinction of entire species. It's a hard fight but one that must be fought globally.
Is it too great a leap of faith to imagine that, just as the death of Cecil galvanised the world to reconsider the justification and morality of trophy hunting, so the death of Harambe will cause a seismic readjustment of public attitudes to the lifetime incarceration of millions of animals for little more than costly and, indeed, wasteful public entertainment?
So much weight is put on us needing to be greener and more efficient with how we produce our power. Fossil fuels are depleting, the world is changing and the focus now needs to be on living sustainably. In steps solar, wind, hydro and a whole host of other renewable sources, but how effective are they?
We want an experienced shepherd, able to move their flock of sheep to ensure that sensitive habitats get the grazing they need. Plantlife Cymru have kindly offered to purchase the farmer's new flock. The National Trust will offer the successful applicant expert conservation and farming support, as well as providing a farmhouse with picture-perfect views over the North Wales coast.