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Hares: Conservation

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Game Conservancy Trust on plans to conserve the mountain hare. (155944)

The new list of UK Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Species and Habitats contains 65 habitats and 1,149 species, including the mountain hare. A large number of groups, and in excess of 500 individual experts in total, were involved in the production of this list. It is impossible, therefore, for me to meet with specific conservation groups to discuss individual species. Instead, the UK Biodiversity Partnership as a whole is considering how to take forward the conservation of species and habitats on the new list.