by Andrew Gilruth
Dr Arjun Amar published his own thoughts on how we recover the English hen harrier population today. His views, published here on the British Ornithologists’ Union website, are significant for two reasons. Firstly, as a raptor research scientist, he has worked for both the GWCT and the RSPB so he is very familiar with the issues. Secondly, he is now a lecturer in South Africa (Percy FitzPatrick institute) so he could be seen, by all, as neutral.
As Arjun mentions, he has “been involved in trying to find a resolution to this conflict for the last 15 years” - so I was fascinated by the 3 options he chose to highlight:
1) Ban driven grouse shooting
2) Licensing grouse shooting
3) Brood management scheme
He feels that “any one of these approaches could well work to provide a conservation success (i.e. more harriers) at least in the short term.”
So there we have it. With the English hen harrier population requiring immediate action; it would appear to make sense to implement the only approach that is ready right now – brood management.
The draft Defra-led Joint Recovery Plan for hen harriers includes a trial brood management scheme. With your help that could be in place for the next breeding season.
If you would like to read a copy of the Defra plan, including the brood management trial, sign this petition – it simply asks the hen harrier recovery plan to be published.
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