Scottish Natural Heritage has today issued an update on the Strathbraan licence to cull ravens.
In response to this an RSPB Scotland spokesperson said: “We welcome the decision by SNH to suspend the research licence for the contentious Strathbraan raven and wading bird project, following the recent input and advice from its Scientific Advisory Committee. We also appreciate the promise to involve a wider stakeholder group in developing next steps, including a properly constructed research trial, which considers the full range of factors that may be having positive or negative impacts on wading bird populations in the Strathbraan area.
“We also welcome the fact that this work will be overseen by the emerging “Working for Waders” partnership, involving all key stakeholders.
“Improving the conservation prospects for our declining and internationally important wading bird populations is a high priority for the work of RSPB Scotland. However, in our view this challenge needs to be met on the basis of sound science, which is then tested on the ground to identify and improve practical and lawful land management techniques. Previous research commissioned by SNH in 2010 on the association between raven and wader numbers found no strong correlations, but highlighted that a better understanding of impacts of raven predation on curlew and lapwing populations was needed. This study further recommended that a thorough evaluation of the evidence base should always be made before making decisions about predator control.”
Last Updated: Tuesday 28 August 2018