BASC, the UK’s largest shooting organisation, has welcomed the publication by Defra today of the Hen Harrier Action Plan.
The plan, produced by stakeholder organisations working with Defra and Natural England seeks to increase the number of hen harriers through the implementation of six initiatives. These include a reintroduction programme and the trialling of a brood management scheme to re-establish birds in their former range.
Tim Russell, BASC Director of Conservation said: “Everyone who shoots should welcome this plan to ensure the success of an iconic species. I congratulate those involved for producing it and offer BASC’s support for the difficult process of implementation. Working together will always do more for our birds.”
Mike Sherman, Vice Chairman of BASC, said: “For the last twelve years BASC has advocated a form of brood management and reintroduction as the key to resolving conflicts, building confidence and ensuring the future of hen harriers. We will continue to work to see this achieved.”