The badger cull provides a unique opportunity irrespective of the pros and cons of its primary aims. The manipulation of a predator population offers the best chance to examine its impact on prey populations. Even the RSPB states that predator removal experiments are the best ........ to read more please click here
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Songbird numbers have crashed In only one generation. Farmland birds have halved, some have fared worse.
WHY? Habitat loss and modern farming get the blame...BUT Habitat is improving...
Broadleaved woodland is up a third since 1947
Each year 4,400 km of hedges have been planted annually
5,700km of derelict hedgerows have been restored
70% of farms are now in Agri-environment schemes - farmers are paid to look after wildlife
Songbird numbers should have recovered but they haven't....WHY NOT?
SongBird Survival says:
Rising levels of uncontrolled predation are ignored
Existing research is out-of-date and flawed
New High-Quality research is urgently needed
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