Conservation context

3 thoughts on “Conservation context”

  1. Well done! Succinct and well researched, looking from many sides and through several lenses is so important to understand ecology & management.

    I particularly liked the reference to academics having subjective views. This seems very much the case for anything related to grouse/shooting. Very important to not shy away from speaking up and encouraging a more open mind, to listen to and learn from each other and not to demonise just because.

    1. Academics are people too! We’re allowed to have subjective views you know. Opinions matter! But I do like to support my opinions with well researched and correctly cited sources – witness my own take down of the ‘rarer than rainforest claim’ that 75% of the world’s heather moorland [is in the UK].
      That said, it’d be good if we could turn our attention to the release of 50+ million non-native game birds per annum, which alongside the artificially managed wild bird populations (grouse), all encourage higher mesopredator [foxes, badgers, mustelids, hedgehogs etc] populations. When added to habitat ‘loss’ from land take for agriculture and forestry, creates the need for high levels of predator control within an increasing vicious circle. If we are to eradicate invasive/non-native populations of mesopredators, should we do the same with non-native game bird pops elsewhere?

  2. Controlling stoat numbers is a breeze using a screaming rabbit call and walking about 20 yards parallel to a stone wall. They pop out their heads for a view the “afflicted rabbit” and are easily shot. No damage to anything other than the stoat/weasels who are so enticed by that screaming.

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