There is very little evidence of gull predation on ground-nesting birds and this review will help us identify areas to research.
How economically viable is late-season shooting?
Released gamebird numbers decline throughout the season, making end-of-season shooting more unpredictable. This study investigates the financial impact such variable bird availability has on shoots.
We have commissioned a study with the GWCT to assess the economics of late-season shooting. The study will look at how the variability in the pre-shooting survival of gamebirds on large shoots can cause a mismatch between a fixed late-season demand for birds and their supply.
This unpredictable or short supply of birds can be a cause for uneconomic and excess releasing, as more birds are released than needed in order to offset years with poor pre-season survival. We hope that this study will provide insight into the financial burden of variable bird supply.