European bird declines: do we need to rethink approaches to the management of abundant generalist predators?

Barry John McMahon, Susan Doyle, Aimée Gray, Sean Kelly & Steve M. Redpath
Bird species are declining across Europe. Current European policy, i.e. the Birds and Habitats Directives, focus on habitat management as a way of halting the declines. This paper explores the role of predation in causing bird population declines and asks if we need to reconsider our approach to the management of generalist predators. We analysed bird population trends and distribution changes across Europe, Britain and Ireland, reflecting an increasing gradient of generalist predator abundance (principally...
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