Yes Glenfeshie didn’t make many friends going all NZ style on the reds with the wokka wokka’s albeit it has quickly been forgotten about.....Previous post edited to make sense.
Apologies, we've a massive thunderstorm upon us, my thinking head's not the best at present without the added pressure shenanigans this brings, coincidentally being interrupted by phonecall from my Mates' wife who bides by Huntly with a bit of family news...
Back to Pine martens, said Keeper friend, whilst 'out with the light' on one of his last nights before retirement spotted two pairs of eyes 'different' than he'd seen before, turns out it was a pair on the move.
He's keepered this ground all his life, as had his father before, they were spoken of but only in apocryphal terms....
He was saddened for the young keeper following him on, "there'll be nothing left for the lads to watch bar the vermin"...
The Estate offered him a house, and the Underkeeper genuinely wanted him to stay about to share generations of knowledge....
He couldn't wait to escape, his views on the management of the Region are from a bygone era, therefore obsolete.
Funnily enough the first thing Wifey told me was that she'd been confronted with a strange sight this morning, which she wouldn'tve believed if she hadn't seen it....
A badger coursing a young hoody up their drive.
The badger won, they always will...
Funnily enough,I too was once lectured on the stupidity of Caper by a 'birdie man' who had some project or other going not a million miles away from M L*dge...
That place seemed to be switched on to of every EU/ Govt. funded scheme and opportunity going, the science up there was blinding, shame the wildlife wasn't as 'on message'.
I stopped enquiring of the place after hearing of one particularly dramatic aerial massacre....
'Experts' one and all, no doubt!
With regards to the latter there are concerns that the current emphasis on tree planting will have a huge negative effect on birds with grass and bog habitats.Yes Glenfeshie didn’t make many friends going all NZ style on the reds with the wokka wokka’s albeit it has quickly been forgotten about.....
It seems in ‘conservation’ there is only money in making sure the species your trying to ‘protect’ stay at a certain status or are seen to stay at that status. Drop in a few claims of ‘illegal persecution’ and your made.
Quite simply the people leading these ‘rewilding’ projects don’t or won’t listen. I’m afraid the RSPB are some of the worst offenders and change their minds the minute the see cash.With regards to the latter there are concerns that the current emphasis on tree planting will have a huge negative effect on birds with grass and bog habitats.
Risks of right trees in wrong place revealed: Experts warn planting more native Scottish woodland might risk rarest birds - The Sunday PostThe green dream of rewilding Scotland’s landscape may risk some of Scotland’s rarest birds, a study has found.www.sundaypost.com
Quite simply the people leading these ‘rewilding’ projects don’t or won’t listen. I’m afraid the RSPB are some of the worst offenders and change their minds the minute the see cash.
As I’ve already said, the best way for these groups to continue making money is to keep a species at risk as various funding bodies will continue to through money at it.
And pay their executive wages to the seniority and of course cover their allegedly massive pension deficit........... Put simply they will jump on any species, not even avian as we have seen, where they smell brass.IIRC RSPB is one of the larger landowners in the country, they need the income to maintain their estates
Substitute the word 'landowners' for 'hypocrites' and your statement still stands.IIRC RSPB is one of the larger landowners in the country, they need the income to maintain their estates
It was a gamekeeper friend of mine who highlighted this issue initially and took photos as he saw them while on holiday.Substitute the word 'landowners' for 'hypocrites' and your statement still stands.
FUR is flying in a fight between hunters and naturalists after gamekeepers reported the RSPB to the police over the charity's cull of stoats on…www.thescottishfarmer.co.uk
£7 mill mentioned in this this one alone.That's alot of salaries/ pensions taken care of for a while.
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Sorry to jump back a bit but dug the article out, well worth a read especially the bottom of the centre column right hand page.
Highlights the point made by others ref. Who's actually spending the money and doing the work out on the ground.
It's a pity these 'conservation' organisations can't get their heads round the evidence and try to actually achieve something worthwhile
I know there’s Mink on the River Dee after some enlightened animal rights idiots broke into a mink farm years ago and released them. Now due to the unconsidered consequence of this ‘right on’ group of mongs the humble water vole is threatened.
If they find some Pine Martin scat I’m sure they’ll find some........
I can reliably report the slaying of a mink as far up as Fraser's Bridge on Clunie Water some years ago...I know there’s Mink on the River Dee after some enlightened animal rights idiots broke into a mink farm years ago and released them. Now due to the unconsidered consequence of this ‘right on’ group of mongs the humble water vole is threatened.
Don’t worry though the usual suspects are saying they shouldn’t be touched.....
Animal rights charities have criticised a controversial project to reduce the number of mink in the north-east and Highlands.www.google.co.uk
With beavers on the Tay getting the species protection decades after an illegal release perhaps the animal rights groups and extremists will have the wind in their sails and try and do the same for them. Madness.
I can reliably report the slaying of a mink as far up as Fraser's Bridge on Clunie Water some years ago...
Traps weren't needed, however a barrage from .243x2 and a 22.250 was perhaps a bit Ott!
Even my companions were surprised just how far up the bugger was travelling.
( Mid winter, snow on the ground)
What justification whatsoever can be had for allowing them to clean up everything and everywhere?
I can see where they're coming from
re. Beavers (water retention is the New Religion outside the Medical profession)
Even Pine Martens have a case being indigenous, rare(!) and 'cute' thus ticking the BBC/ Attenborough test..
But f*ckin mink!
( D'y reckon they'll get import some Native American Injuns to hunt em in a few years time when there's nowt left?)
This is slightly off topic, but as far as I know there are no capercaillie anywhere near me.Pine martens are actually useful in the fight against grey squirrels.
Reds are aware of them as a natural predator whereas greys, being imports are not. As such they take far more greys than reds.
Where pine martens have recovered, red squirrels have tended to benefit while grey squirrels have declined. Scientists weren't sure why – until now.theconversation.com