On the H&OT website is their annual report which has these interesting lines in it:
‘For the Hawk and Owl Trust positive habitat management away from the grouse moors will be one of the actions that will hold the key to the future of the hen harrier in England.
Although this heated debate has been dominated by those that have placed potential brood management trials at the centre, we feel that this is a very, very small part of the Hen Harrier Recovery Plan and should not over shadow the far more important habitat management research and implementation work, re-introduction programmes, satellite tagging, public engagement and the positive engagement with the land owners that we will be focusing on irrespective of what happens with the brood management trials.‘
This is a very welcome change of tack by H&OT – let’s call it rowing back shall we?
The H&OT no longer sees brood management as the solution to the Hen Harrier conservation crisis in England, it is now ‘a very, very small part’. I welcome this change of heart (and use of head).
I would have liked to see the statement go a little further but I wouldn’t want to rub the H&OT’s noses in anything. Let’s see how things progress over the next few months because actions speak louder than words – especially when trust has been lost. But let’s also take these words at face value and thank H&OT for seeing sense at last.[registration_form]