Harriers: James Marchington talks to Dr Adam Smith, Director Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Read about James Marchigton’s conversation with Dr Adam Smith, director of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust Scotland. Raptor Politics agrees completely with James Marchington when he says its a refreshing change to read a shooter’s perspective on the harrier debate even if we disagree with the points put forward by other people. You can read more of what Dr Smith had to say by following the attched link. http://jamesmarchington.blogspot.com/

2 comments to Harriers: James Marchington talks to Dr Adam Smith, Director Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.

  • John Miles

    Again the word ‘control’ has been used. How many more times do you have to tell these folk if you create a mono culture for a mono species then it is pretty likely that the species will be predated. The Langholm project had many variables but the poor shooting estates always pick out the number of harriers as the main example. 1/3 of the moor had been destroyed by sheep resulting in no heather = no Red Grouse. Virtually every bird species that use a Red Grouse moor disappear for 8 months of the year leaving Red Grouse and most of the Birds of Prey so what will these remaining Birds of Prey prey on! Until these estates create new habitat for prey there will always be a conflict. But of course, they do not want the responsibility so killing the BOP is the easy answer as Langholm did in 1989 removing 350 birds of prey in one winter.

  • Rik

    This is a pro-shooter chatting to a pro-shooter, hence never are the real questions around game management asked. Preserving species so you can kill them later is a perverted form of conservation. Dr Smith is right, we do have to ‘manage’ some areas because of human impact, but managing them to exist in a natural state and managing them to later exploit them are two different things.

    What is he a doctor of, because I doubt its ecology.