Site management for target mammal species carried out by field sport practitioners
Overall effectiveness category Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence)
Number of studies: 1
Background information and definitions
Hunters and field sport participants may manage sites specifically to maintaining populations of their target mammal species. Management could include predator control and management of habitat features.
Supporting evidence from individual studies
A replicated, site comparison study in 2003–2007 on 17 improved farmland sites in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland (Reid et al. 2010) found that sites managed for the sport of coursing Irish hares Lepus timidus hibernicus held more of this species than did the wider countryside. Accounting for differences in habitat, hare densities on coursing sites (96 hares/km2) were higher than on wider countryside sites (31 hares/km2). Eight sites managed for hare coursing were compared with nine sites containing suitable hare habitat in the wider countryside. Management for hare coursing included predator control, poaching deterrence, retaining fine scale habitat features, such as rush patches, and administering veterinary attention while holding hares captive prior to coursing events. Hares flushed by lines of 20–30 beaters were counted, in September–December of 2003–2007.Study and other actions tested