A Blinding Flash of Knowledge

Wow! This is amaaaazing:

The populations of falcons, kites and eagles have increased sharply in the wake of reintroduction programmes and improvements in their environments.

But now the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has discovered that their success is leading to a decline in ground nesting birds such as the grey partridge, one of the most endangered birds in the UK, the capercaillie, the black grouse and its red cousin.

Waders such as the curlew, lapwing and golden plover are also at greater risk.

Stunning, eh? Increase the number of predators and the prey species are at greater risk. Who would have thought it?

3 comments on “A Blinding Flash of Knowledge

  1. Well, not the RSPB, obviously. But then the collection of PR men, consultants and financial advisors that make up the charity-gorging mangement probably know more about eagles on the golf course than in the Highlands…

  2. Langholm moor. Ten years ago. The RSPB had a good go at ignoring it then and they will carry on doing so – PR men won’t take the risk of donors understanding more than the noddy ‘birds good gamekeeper/farmer bad’ argument they presently push. It might affect income.

  3. I expect that the RSPB knew full well that protecting predators would have an impact on their prey. Now watch as their response will be to ban farming and grouse hunting.

    We are always the problem. Never the animals.

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