The concept for what might follow this project is being developed. A significant step forward has been the support for the concept offered by Roseanna Cunningham, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform.
We are in the discussion phase that the Moorland Forum was asked to facilitate during the final Understanding Predation seminar, which took place on 3 May 2016. We are seeking to encourage discussion from all with an interest in the issues and to facilitate the development of a programme of action.
The suggestion is that the follow-on work should maintain a focus on moorland waders. The scientific research and stakeholder knowledge reveiwed as part of the Understanding Predation project agreed that the populations of these birds are in steep decline.
Managing for Wader Recovery Across Scotland has been proposed as the title for the follow on work.
It is likely that this programme will address the issues in two stages: a scoping stage, which will collate different opinions and establish what initiatives are already in progress or planned, and it will guide the development of a second stage, which will support action on the ground and take the debate about the issues further. In acknowledgement of the concerns about the rapid decline in wader populations, it is possible that the two stages will overlap.
A discussion document will be reviewed during the Forum meeting on 4th November, and more information may come as a result of this.
Volunteers to enter the discussion and/or help with the scoping phase and delivery of the programmes of action will be welcome.