What information is being collected?
We aim to gather information from people who manage protected sites in predominantly lowland areas of the UK where gamebirds are either released within protected sites or on surrounding land. Statutory sites are those that carry some form of legal protection and include:
- Special Protection Areas (SPAs)
- Special Areas of Conservation (SACs)
- Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs)
- National Nature Reserves (NNRs)
- Local Nature Reserves (LNRs)
- Ramsar Sites
The questionnaire is made up of five sections and will take approximately 25-30 minutes to complete. The sections cover:
: Information about you
: Information about your protected site
: Information about local gamebird releasing
: Your assessment of the ecological effects of habitat management associated with gamebird releases within or close to your protected site
: Your assessment of any effects of gamebird releasing on
. The survey conforms to all ethical approvals required by the RSPB Human Ethics Committee.
At the end of the survey there is the optional question to provide the name of your protected site. This would allow us to identify the species and habitats for which your site is designated, and will help us to identify the species and habitats for which gamebird releasing is having the most positive and negative effects. We will not use this information to personally identify site owners or managers, and we will not name any specific sites in any outputs from this questionnaire.
There will also be the option to provide contact details if you would like to be considered for a follow-up survey or interview. This information will be kept separate from the survey in a password-protected database on a secure network, only accessible to the project researchers, Melissa Minter and Lucy Mason. Data will be kept until the 31st December 2024 when it will be deleted. If you have any questions about the project or data collection, please email Melissa Minter firstname.lastname@example.org.