Small Mammals of Prey

“Landowners and shooting groups said it was too early to tell whether the voluntary arrangements under the action plan had failed.
They accuse the RSPB of ignoring other reasons for the hen harriers decline, such as weather and the activities of other predators, including voles.” (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/07/countryside-groups-split-over-hen-harrier-conservation-plan/)

Curses, the campaign targeting grouse shooters as responsible for the near-extinction of hen harriers is rumbled as the true culprits emerge: vegetarian, hedgerow-dwelling small mammals.

If this smells fishier than an osprey’s talons to you, please consider signing and sharing the petition to ban driven grouse shooting – or read more about the case at Missing Hen Harriers: time for zero tolerance.

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Vole

“An hour of searching finally turns up a latrine, featuring hamster-sized green pellets, freshly laid that morning.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/06/water-vole-population-slump)

The elusive water vole: a formidable creature that can pass something the size of a hamster.