Our prob­lem­atic preda­tors

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

IREFER to the ar­ti­cle by the chair­man of Song­bird Sur­vival: it’s ap­palling that no­body in the cor­ri­dors of power seems to be in the con­tin­u­ing de­cline of our song­birds. All the RSPB seems to say is that it’s the fault of farming prac­tices and re­mov­ing hedgerows, but in­tel­li­gent ob­servers of Na­ture note the grow­ing pop­u­la­tions of cats, grey squir­rels, spar­rowhawks and mag­pies— it’s sim­ple maths.

Surely the time has come to reg­u­late the cat pop­u­la­tion and for an all-out ef­fort by De­fra to re­duce preda­tor num­bers be­fore the dawn cho­rus is just a fond mem­ory. Michael Troy, by email

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