RSPB should support hen harrier recovery plan: Our letter to The Telegraph

The RSPB told Parliament in 2016 that grouse moors should be regulated using a licensing system similar to that used for fishing rods. It is bizarre that the RSPB is now suggesting such a taxation scheme will also end the proven conflict between hen harriers and grouse moors (Scotland's grouse moors are 'in a good place' despite a poor season and calls for reform, Dec 4). In contrast, the Government has implemented a hen harrier recovery plan that does address the conflict in England. Ironically, the RSPB is taking the Government to court this week to try and prevent plans to recover a species they claim to champion.

Andrew Gilruth

Director of Communications GWCT

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Proposed Hen Harrier Recovery Plan

at 12:18 on 07/12/2018 by Jack Orchel

The proposed Hen Harrier recovery plan should be implemented in England for a limited trial period, say 5 years, to allow data to be gathered carefully for rigorous scientific analysis. Dogmatic opposition to such a trial by any organisation would appear to question the validity of adopting a science-based approach to conservation of this avian species.

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