The numbers are non-negligible - So basically crofting is not compatible with co-existence with indigenous wildlife or maybe the other way round, indigenous wildlife is not compatible with co-existence of worked land. When does the right of nature to exist independently of humankind stop?I was talking to a bloke across the road late May time.On the outskirts of Stornoway, he had a whole pile of ewes with lambs jammed into a small parcel of land. He ws feeding them round bales of hay (NOT cheap here given transport costs). The lambs were about two months old, but he did not want to take them home (swell south of Sy) until the lambs were 3-4 months old so they could have a chance of surviving! It was more cost effective to spend a fair bit feeding them. He told me his neighbour (larger scale, trying to make a proper go of crofting) was losing at least 25% of his lambs every year (100-150) to eagles and the compensation was derisory.
You are not countering anything.....just avoiding the point. A fortune is being pent to encourage people in to the crofting way of life, and an introduced species is proving an impediment.