13/5/2022

We should be supporting the game keeping community in their efforts to end wildlife crime: Our letter to The Times

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The GWCT categorically condemns the illegal killing of birds of prey (Mystery over fate of birds, 12 May). The few who perpetrate wildlife crime overshadow the many grouse moor managers who work tirelessly to create habitat where birds of prey can thrive. One such is head of the Peak District Moorland Group Richard Bailey, whose heather restoration and predation management on the moor he looks after has resulted in seven breeding pairs of short-eared owls, living alongside a suite of other raptors, a fact of which he is immensely proud.

GWCT peer-reviewed scientific studies have demonstrated that grouse management directly benefits threatened birds of prey including hen harriers and merlin. Therefore, those who call for it to be banned risk losing the very species they want to protect. A better result would come from supporting the game keeping community in their efforts to end wildlife crime.

Yours faithfully

Joe Dimbleby
Head of Communications
Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

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Protection of species

at 21:31 on 17/05/2022 by Nicholas Gibb

I think it’s vitally important to have a diverse and broad spectrum of wildlife in the U.K., however I also having seen so many species become threatened or completely disappear over the last 30+ years, am very worried about the management that is going on. At present we are being faced with re-introducing Lynx, possibly Wolves and numerous others. At what point do we damage what we have, by not thinking of the possible disasters of introducing other birds, animals, insects etc. It’s a very big worry for some. Although it may work in one place, it may not in others! How do we rectify things once it’s possibly all gone wrong?

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