12/11/2018

Conservation methods key to reversing bird declines: Our letter published in The Times

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It is disheartening to see the decline of turtle doves and other birds (Farms fall silent as famished birds take flight, Nov 9) – but with the right conservation methods, fantastic results can be achieved.

At the Allerton Project, we doubled our songbird numbers in just three years by improving habitat, providing food and controlling some nest predators. We can turn this into a national result if we use the money paid out to farmers under the Common Agricultural Policy to do the same.

Dr Alastair Leake

Director of policy at Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

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