The swan grazing conflict in chalk rivers

Wood, Kevin A.; Stillman, Richard A.; Daunt, Francis; O'Hare, Matthew T.. 2015 The swan grazing conflict in chalk rivers. In: Redpath, Stephen M.; Gutierrez, R.J.; Wood, Kevin A.; Young, Juliette C., (eds.) Conflicts in conservation: navigating towards solutions. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 134-136. (Ecological Reviews).

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Within the last 30 years, fisheries and conservation interests have become concerned that the foraging by mute swans Cygnus olor on water crowfoot degrades the habitat of invertebrates, fish and other animals. Mute swans are a native species and a natural part of the chalk river ecosystem, but the population in Britain has almost doubled since the 1970s. Some sport fisheries organizations have reported declining membership and income due to swan grazing. Thus, a conflict has arisen between conservationists and anglers on one side and those who seek to protect the swans on the other. Moreover, management of this grazing conflict is complicated not only because mute swans are popular with the public but also they are protected under both the EU Wild Birds Directive (79/409/EEC) and the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981. However, there has been little research into swan grazing damage to plants or management options to alleviate the conflict.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Watt
ISBN: 9781107603462
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
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Date made live: 17 Jun 2015 10:44 +0 (UTC)

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