Feral Cats

To: Philip Veerman <>
Subject: Feral Cats
From: David Rees <>
Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:14:22 +0000

Thank you for that, I agree.  Having looked at a few empty cotton paddocks this week I wondered how many birds, or anything live there.  Habitat loss is the most important and where the money should be spent first.  Control of introduced predators is worth doing if it is likely to provide a demonstrated benefit for the money spent, bearing in mind that money could go on something else, like protecting the habitat in the first place. 


On Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 11:44 AM, Philip Veerman <> wrote:

As for predation on birds by cats. Sure it happens a lot. It is not something in isolation of other impacts. There is also a lot of predation on birds by birds (butcherbirds, raptors etc) and other animals. Predation is a thing that happens anyway. To some extent it will reduce mortality pressures from other factors. Most species do plenty of breeding to sustain themself through predation. Sure cats add to it and for some prey species, that are particularly vulnerable, it is a significant concern, especially when made more easy due to habitat loss and fragmentation.



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