We believe that Scotland’s mountain hares should be protected all year round, and not just during the closed season. The Cairngorms National Park has the power to take the lead and protect mountain hares in the National Park. Please take action now and sign our postcard to the Cairngorms National Park Authority calling for urgent action to stop the culls.
The Cairngorms National Park Authority have the power to stop this, but the lobby who support the culling is strong. No one will take action unless they see that the public, and particularly those that live in and use the Park, won’t tolerate our Parks being undermined in this way. So take action now: sign our postcard to the Cairngorms National Park Authority and help end the culls in the Cairngorms. We will hand a giant copy of this postcard with everyone’s name on it to the Cairngorms before the killing season begins again in August.
What is the Cairngorms National Park doing?
In a letter to OneKind in January 2016, the Cairngorms National Park Authority confirmed that it is aware that culls are taking place across many estates in the National Park. They “accept that culling may be justified and necessary” but “do not advocate large-scale culls”. They are currently encouraging land managers within the Park to share data on culling activity.
Scotland’s National Parks were established with a number of aims, including to “conserve and enhance the natural heritage of the area”. We believe that that includes conserving mountain hares, a native species that is iconic of the Park, and are therefore calling on the Park to use its powers to protect them.
Why are we targeting the Cairngorms?
This photo, which was taken in the Cairngorms last year, shows a large-scale cull in action on a grouse moor. That fact that our National Parks offer no additional protection to all to this native species is particularly shocking and contrary to public expectation of what our National Parks are for. The National Park Authorities have the powers to halt killing, or at least to regulate it and demand transparency, so we think it reasonable that we ask them to use these powers. The Cairngorms themselves are at the heart of the mountain hare’s range.