This is a partnership project between Defra, the University of Southampton, and a PhD student.
It is an initial scoping project which will review literature on the concept of adaptive harvest management (AHM), review evidence on where AHM has been use already, elicit expert opinion on practical implication of introducing AHM in the UK.
Many species of migratory water birds have declining populations, and therefore are in need of harvesting approaches which balance conservation needs with those of hunters. Populations of other species, such as some geese, are causing conflict with agriculture, and would benefit from a more target driven approach to manage these conflicts.
Adaptive harvest management aims to provide a framework to ensure that species are managed/hunted sustainably. This approach, which is considered best practice, has been adopted internationally.