The Privilege of Mundbryce is written in their charter as the need to punish any breach of duty to guard and protect. They should be punishing themselves for what is happening by way of breach of duty to protect their environment.
The Cinque is a huge organisation, consisting as they do of five "Ports", two "Antient" townes, eight "Limb" townes and twenty-three townes/villages "Connected", throughout your area. They could save the day easily, but I fear they have more self-interests than interests altruistic, as shown by their privileges.
Whilst reaffirming this opinion, it is only right I should point out to you that there are many privileges claimed by these Cinque a'birderers. As part of your own marsh, dear Konan, falls under the jurisdiction of one of those Limbs, they apply to you and as such I think I should advise you of those privileges which could aide you, and those that could cause you hindrance. I assure you, I make not one of these privileges up. (You may check them on the interwebbe.)
~ Privilege of exemption from tax and tallage. This means Cinque a'birders may enter fps Dingeyness and the like without charge or without purchase from the shoppe of shiny giftes. Those of the inner circle also receive their fowle updates gratis, unlike the common man.
~ Right of Sac and Soc. This relates to local 'self-government'. It is understood to mean Cinque a'birderers are under no obligation to abide by any rulings national, and is a right they hold dear. I believe this to be what other counties refer to this as the 'Kentish Maffia'? Or something that sounds similar, for certain.
~ Privilege of Toll. They may take their own collection at any twitch and spend such monies raised on tea and cakes of all sorts at Mrs. Miggins', regardless of what they tell visiting a'birderers the funds will be going towards.
~ Privilege of Team. This originally meant the power to make holders of stolen goods divulge their sources. Now, it has come to mean any Cinque a'birderer in receipt of suppressed news is obliged to publish immediate details via the interwebbelogges, or face permanent ex-communication.
~ Privilege of Pillory and Tumbrill. These cover punishments for all minor offences, from wearing a bandana in a built-up area, to 'booming' after darke.
Privilege of Blodwit and Fledwit. The authority to punish shedders of blood and to seize those who flee. This has led to one or two altercations with those fellows who follow country sports. (A third, 'Godwit', the power of Divine rule, was stopped by Garry the Eighth at the time of the Dissolution of the Four Hundred Club.)
Privilege of Infrangenthe. To detain and execute felons inside their jurisdiction;- usually taken to mean instant sentencing upon their own private interwebbeforum.
~ Privilege of Outfrangeneof. As infragenthe but, carried out publicly, usually on the Almighty Forum of Birds.
~ Privilege of Waifs and Strays. For those held as pending for one year and one day after date of claim, any record so published without finder(s) details attached can be lawfully claimed by any/all Cinque birders as being their own find.
~ Privilege of Flotsam, Jetsam and Legan. Similar to the latter, for dubious sea-borne records, with just a twenty-four hour cooling-off period given before ownership and tickage is undoubted*.
(*Note this law came into being before the discovery of such waterfowle as large orange-billed ternes, which are NOT covered by the Privilege.)
~ The rights of Den and Strond. The right to dry and mend nets on the beach at Great Yaarmouth in Saarfek (I kidde you notte, check the linke). This has now also come to mean a claim to all of the rare birds in that towne's cemetery as belonging solely to the Cinques liste. Saarfek a'birderers take note.
It has also come to have a third meaning, that anyone residing in the Cinques by the name of either Den or Strond can never, ever be challenged on their opinions relating to a'birdering, however fanciful they might be. The Stronds have all died out, but a Den or two remain.
~ Privilege of Assembly. all rules national relating to the behaviour of gatherings of a'birderers for purposes of a'twitchering, may be ignored, without penalty.**
(**There is an interesting legal case at present deciding if this privilege can be extended to Cinque CocKs.)
I do hope this detailed information proves useful to you. I will write again soon.
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