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Mark Avery | Challenging Brood Meddling
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Mark Avery | Challenging Brood Meddling

For many researchers and scientists interested in the breeding success of the Hen Harrier in England one government-backed 'conservation' solution has created more controversy than usual - the suggestion that some broods should be be 'managed' or 'meddled with on behalf of the grouse shooting industry' as a wide tranche of conservationists might describe it. Dr Mark Avery, a former conservation director with the RSPB and now one of the most influential conservationists and writers in the country, recently launched a fund raiser to bring about a judicial review of the licencing of hen harrier brood meddling. Charlie Moores went to see Mark to discuss why he'd gone down this track and just what the funds raised would be used for.