Field sports and conservation in the United Kingdom

Oldfield, T.E.E and Smith, R.J. and Harrop, Stuart R. and Leader-Williams, N. (2003) Field sports and conservation in the United Kingdom. Nature, 423 . pp. 531-533. ISSN 0028-0836. (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

Many natural habitats exist on privately owned land outside protected areas1, but few governments can afford to enforce or subsidize conservation of this biodiversity. Even in some developed countries, conservation subsidy schemes have only achieved limited success2–4. Fortunately, some landowners may be willing to accept management costs in return for other benefits5, although this remains controversial when it involves the killing of charismatic species. For example, participants in British field sports, such as fox hunting and game-bird shooting, may voluntarily conserve important habitats that are required by quarry species6–8. Here we report results from a multidisciplinary study that addressed this issue by focusing on three sites across central England. We found that landowners participating in field sports maintained the most established woodland and planted more new woodland and hedgerows than those who did not, despite the equal availability of subsidies. Therefore, voluntary habitat management appears to be important for biodiversity conservation in Britain. Current debates on the future of field sports in Britain, and similar activities globally, may benefit from considering their utility as incentives to conserve additional habitat on private land.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biodiversity Conservation Group
Depositing User: Nicola Kerry-Yoxall
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:03
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2012 14:10
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/208 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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