001. Why, How and Objectives - A Rich Biologically Diverse Countryside for Future Generations

Very little indeed of the scenery, even the wildest and least touched parts of our islands, can truthfully be described as natural. Ever since man began in earnest to clear the natural vegetation to make way for crops and animals of his own choice - our scenery has undergone a process of gradual evolution. Our motives today are largely economic and perhaps the age of the great landscape architects of the late 18th century was the only period when there was a conscious attempt to alter scenery for its own sake. At that time the great landowners had no inhibitions about preservation: they were determined to create scenery and, according to the fashion of their time, to create beauty.

In these days we are less sure of ourselves: consciously or unconsciously we fear the rising tide of change and so seek to crystallize and preserve for ever, or at least for the foreseeable future, a particular stage in natural evolution. But our land is clothed in a living mantle and tenanted by living creatures. All living things are born, mature decay and die, to be replaced in due course by others which are different. However much therefore we may enjoy a particular phase of scenic evolution it is not a conversation piece to be framed and hung upon the walls of a museum or art gallery. It is alive, and our task is so to direct its growth that we create beauty, not destroy it - L. Dudley Stamp - Man and the Land 1955.

In simple terms, Wildlife Management is the three legged stool requiring all year round, Habitat, Food and Water, and Protection from predators, human disturbance and disease, for a wide range of species in the Uplands, Lowlands and Waters of Britain.  Protection from predators, human disturbance (requiring legal access agreements) and disease, are the crucial third leg of the wildlife management stool, which collapses, if there are failures within these departments.

Good wildlife management following the above guidelines by the practitioners (wildlife managers) facilitates the ability to harvest a surplus of game species provide the sporting activities for participants, which enables them to pay the cost of that good management, thereby providing the self-funding of the private sector, without the need for demands to be made on the taxpayer. The required control of specific predators, also by participants within the wide range of sporting activities, provides additional free management, which is designed and proven over time to deliver a biologically rich and diverse range of habitats and species for other important wildlife.

The rich biologically diverse habitats and species of the past were achieved with maximum utilization of uplands and lowlands for cattle and sheep, in addition to the roles of wildlife managers on traditionally run estates.  A study of past game bags, including fish, speaks for the evidence which benefitted virtually all species, with very few predator exceptions. The Welfare Equation has a major role to play in measuring management success, compared to bad management or neglect.

Properties under the management of the RSPB currently fall under the category of bad management, requiring restoration to former good management. RSPCA and LACS are also shamefully hostile towards management, managers and the participants of management activities, as illustrated later in this submission.