The glorious 12th nearly here and every year the ( rspb and anti's ) bring out crap stories like this to get more money in there coffers.
What a load of b@!! 5?!t
"Research by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (G
WCT) found that controlling predators like foxes and crows to protect red grouse on moorland helped birds of prey, including hen harriers."
Well, I have complained to the BBC on the grounds of bias and a lack of journalistic integrity. Get in there guys, if enough of us do it it will work. We have to use the tactics of these organisations against them. Numbers make a huge difference.
Found this interesting.
Fortunately we have a good example of the consequences of RSPB management at their reserve at Carn Gafalit in Mid Wales following their acquisition of the SSSI product of generations of good grazing management.
1. 13 graziers were told to stop traditional patchwork burning of the heather, leading to loss of control of the ideal habitat.
2. Loss of ideal habitat has curtailed traditional grazing management of cattle and sheep, with the loss of 10 graziers through lack of incentive. The subsequent loss of dung and urine has reduced the insect population and soil quality.
3. The resulting under-grazing and lack of scrub control has led to one large accidental fire, probably started by walkers. Heather has taken 6 to 7 years to partially recover from attempts at control by flailing, being smothered by pulp. Where burnt, regeneration took place in 3 years.
4. Out of control bracken and 4 feet high heather, causes the remaining 3 graziers lose their sheep and even their cattle, complicating management and veterinary treatments.
5. Ticks and heather beetle now present serious uncontrolled problems.
6. There is little effective vermin control, a five fold increase in the local badger population, and so much general predation that prey species numbers have collapsed.
7. 30 to 40 grouse would have been seen regularly, now there appear to be none.
8. Hen Harriers were released into this area and have failed to survive the low food supplies, excessive predation and management neglect.
9. There has been no attempt to discuss management with the graziers despite requests.
Everybody loses and this pattern of neglect is typical of all RSPB reserves
So does this not rather imply that the RSPB themselves are responsible for the disappearance of the Hen Harrier on their own reserves and does it not also imply that as Hen Harriers exist on keepered Grouse moors that these birds actually benefit from the protection of the shooting community. atb Tim