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14 August, 2018

SNH response to mountain hares report

Here's our position on recent mountain hare research:

Scottish Natural Heritage Head of Policy, Eileen Stuart,  said, “The report of such a substantial long-term decline in mountain hares in the north-east of Scotland is a great concern. 

“That’s why members of our Scientific Advisory Committee and Expert Panel are working with us in assessing this important new  information, alongside other recently published data.   This will allow us to advise Scottish Government on the mountain hare population status before the end of the month.

 “We continue to urge estates to refrain from large-scale culls, as advised in partnership with Scottish Land and Estates and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. The surveillance scheme we are starting this winter will give us a better understanding of the distribution and abundance of mountain hares across Scotland.”


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