We must thank the sporting community for initiating and funding most of our existing knowledge of woodcock (Nature Notebook, Oct 17).
The recorded decline in the resident population appears to be driven by changes in their forest habitat. To put it simply, further restricting shooting will not recover the species. To reverse declines we must start focusing on how to adapt our woodlands.
It would be ironic if, as suggested by Sir Hew Pike, we were to remove the sporting interest to fund this essential research and the motive to adapt our forestry to recover this elusive and cryptic bird.
Director of Communications, Marketing & Membership
Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
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