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Moreover, organisations or people with little experience or knowledge seem to become “experts" in a very short time. The ‘curlew study’ is such an example (see the report of our 2013 AGM).
This cannot be allowed to happen again. We must have figures to contradict any future threats to the shooting of a game species. Moreover, the relevant Minister and Government Department or Agency must be made aware that we have such statistics, thereby ensuring that we are all involved in any future discussion on species relevant to rural activities .
A start has been made (with a study related to woodcock), and our surveys of resident woodcock, and snipe were continued into 2014.
We and like-minded organisations cannot do it alone - we need as many people to participate all over Ireland.
We are inviting everyone who has an interest to help in our efforts. The survey forms can be viewed / downloaded by selecting below.
From time to time the shooting fraternity learns (belatedly) that an inquiry is underway into the status of a particular species of game bird . Funding for research is provided and one of the first responses is a call for a ban on shooting.
This happens without any consultation with the people who know most about these birds or species.