This TV programme was broadcast last week, and for anyone who missed it, like I did, it is currently available on the BBC iPlayer, but I am not sure how long for. It is worth a look.
The programme highlights the problem of the raptor-grouse conflict and although I believe it had some errors, both sides of the argument are presented. But it is not only the birds that lose out from this impasse; I think that the raptor grouse conflict is a blockage to investment in our uplands areas by both the private and the public sectors. In spite of this, with the exception of Prof Steve Redpath, a former Trust Board member, no-one was proposing any solutions.
The problems highlighted in this programme are deep-seated and have so far proved to be intractable. Sitting in silos hurling bricks across the divide is not going to provide a solution, and I doubt that increasing the screw of legislation will solve the problem. We need to find compromise and bright ideas are welcome. I suggest that Steve Redpath needs more support.