Our problematic predators
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