Grey Seals: To cull or not to cull?

Robert A. Lambert explains the problems arising from a nature conservation success as part of our series on History and the Environmment.

The grey seal Halichoerus grypus has become an obvious British example of the problems associated with a nature conservation success in the modern era. We often dwell on nature conservation failures, but conservation successes are something that we rarely address, and may well prove important as an environmental issue in the twenty-first century.

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