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  1. No, the Tully trap and perdix trap are completely separate. Don't think they've publicised any images of the perdix yet.
  2. That is a Tully trap. The perdix has passed testing but hasn't been put on the spring trap approval order yet. Should be added early next year and then they'll be legal to use.
  3. I can see the viewpoint from both sides. I'm not trying to deny that the main motivation is to benefit grouse numbers, but the byproduct of that, is thriving wader and moorland birds also. And when the hares reach excessively large numbers the tick and disease issues are very real. I can say that with certainty from experience, regardless of the lack of ticks you have seen on hares. If the protection of hares is the start of the end for managed Scotland, then in 10 years you'll see a serious change a cross the moorland. Because once predator control stops it is only a matter of time before the waders, skylarks etc are practically wiped out. Before long there'll be little to no wildlife to be seen, because the food source for raptors etc will diminish.
  4. There is a little bit more to it than meets the eye to be fair. The main reason for culling hares in Scotland is to keep tick numbers down. As the quantity of tick that can be carried by hares is unbelievable. To the extent I have friends in Scotland who have seen leverets as well as grouse and wader chicks dying from anaemia, nevermind the ones that die from the louping ill virus carried by the ticks. So I'd agree that predator control for grouse produces large numbers of hares, but the presence of these extra hares have the potential to undo all the conservation efforts as well. Also, there is little threat of wiping out hares, as most moors cull consistent numbers year in and year out, which indicates there's no major decrease in numbers. It just prevents a major rise in numbers, which is no doubt going to come shortly.
  5. Yeah, Herring gull and Greater black-backed gull licenses are going to take a while because they are committing to rush through the general license applications first. I also have an application in for Herring gull and Greater black-backed gull but because they aren't a species affected by the revoking of the general license they have put them to the bottom of the pile for some reason.
  6. Yeah, covers rooks, crows, jackdaws, jays, magpies, feral pigeons, lesser black-backed gulls and canada geese.
  7. That was the original application form they released. But the flora and fauna license is for all conservation purposes, whether that's predation or plant damage.
  8. You can be granted a license for protection of flora and fauna for all of the species on the previous general license. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wild-birds-licence-to-control-certain-species Mine took less than a week to be granted
  9. They have only allocated 3 staff to assist with license applications, as of tomorrow, and that will be 9-5 ,(if we are lucky). When the first license was required for herring gulls and greater black-backed gulls, it took nearly 6 months to get a license then. The scale of applicants for those licenses, in comparison to these, will be miniscule as well.
  10. That's been the biggest reason for it's ferociousness and difficulty to control. Even on our well maintained and controlled moors, a fire when it is as dry as it is, would be difficult to control. But when there are no breaks in the vegetation or controlled burns, then you are just hoping to contain it until the weather breaks.
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