Monday, 15 December 2014
Monday: Perth - Moorland Forum Meeting
Today I headed north to Perth to attend the commissioning meeting for the Moorland Forum's Understanding Predation Project. This project has had a long gestation, over 18 months, and it was a great relief that we have finally got to the start of this important work.
I am the project manager for the project, which has a budget of £220,000, and is due for completion at the end of January 2016. The work started with a request from the Scottish Minister for Environment, early in 2013, and SNH has developed the concept with the Moorland Forum team. The work will revise the Predatory Birds Report that the Forum published in 2005, but in addition we will integrate local knowledge into the findings. Local workshops will be used at the start of the project to gather views and seminars will be held at the end of the work to allow discussion of the findings. It is likely that this work will provide some considerable challenges and we will need to make sure that those, from any walk of life, who have an interest in the issues are given a chance to contribute to the work and learn about the findings at first hand. No pressure then!
There will be more about this project in the next day or so on the Moorland Forum website and the blog that I am setting up for the project. If the issues are of interest, please feel free to get involved.