A new Scottish Natural Heritage report* published today (Monday) exploring the evidence base for species conflict management has been praised by the organisation representing over 2,500 of Scotland’s landowners.
Tim Baynes of Scottish Land & Estates commented:
“This impressive piece of work by SNH gets to the root of the problem of how to take into account the whole range of interests that matter for the good of Scotland’s wildlife and birdlife. Scottish Land & Estates has for some time called for a more joined up approach to wildlife management and it is very encouraging to see SNH’s focus on the human element and the various interests of those who manage the land in Scotland.”
“The recent State of Nature report** shows clearly that the old methods of nature and wildlife conservation over the past 30 years have simply not delivered and many of our species and their habitats have suffered as a result. New approaches must be found that work with the grain of land management. Any new methods will need to include compromise by all involved and this will be difficult for some, but that is the only way to make progress for the benefit of our wildlife and countryside as we seek to achieve the correct balance.
“Our membership has already signalled their support for such new approaches such as Wildlife Estates Scotland, reducing wildlife crime and encouraging best practice management, all of which is having a positive impact on our wildlife.”
For the full report, Building an evidence base for managing species conflicts in Scotland, see http://www.snh.gov.uk/publications-data-and-research/publications/search-the-catalogue/publication-detail/?id=2030 The report findings are based on speaking to stakeholders and looking at existing research.