As part of our role to advocate sustainable policy development that supports mammal conservation, we issue clear statements that describe our position on some of the issues mammals face, as well as announcements of new or changing regional or national policy that affects mammals and the efforts to conserve them. Drawing upon members' expertise, we use science-led evidence to advise on various issues including culling, re-introductions, disease, non-native species, and human conflicts.
We also campaign directly to the decision makers as part of a collaboration of conservation organisations in the Wildlife & Countryside LINK partnerships.
LATEST POSITION STATEMENT - JULY 2013
Pine marten and Capercaillie - DOWNLOAD THE FULL STATEMENT HERE
The success of the capercaillie population in Scotland is influenced by a suite of interacting factors. Although there is no evidence to suggest that predation by pine martens is an influential factor in the capercaillie’s decline, The Mammal Society accepts that, in the final stages of that decline, normal levels of predation by pine martens could become an additional pressure. Given the peripheral nature of its role, and recognising that the pine marten is a scarce, protected mammal still recolonising its former range, The Mammal Society does not accept that the removal of pine martens is justified by the questionable benefits to capercaillie conservation.
See also our press release ragarding calls by the Scottish Gamekeepers' Association to remove and relocate pine martens (October 2013): The Mammal Society rallies to the defence of pine martens
Statements Concerning Badgers, Bovine Tuberculosis and Culling
Statements Concerning Re-introductions
Statements Concerning Mammal Control
Hedgehogs on the Uists (2007)
Whaling is Unnecessary (2007)