I have a somewhat skeptical view of such a reductionist approach to public consultation over Conservation.
Given that (to the best of my limited knowledge) Ecology is about the complex interaction between species, geographical location and chemistry what good does asking a population, that is mostly <myself included> ignorant of these processes, what their pet places and species are? Will knowing what the majority like in the way of holiday destination and preferred flora and fauna really help?
It's a bit like the string quartet on the Titanic asking the passengers if they prefer Stravinsky to Strauss. It may well be nice to have some cheerful music to enjoy over dinner. But it doesn't change the fact that the people in the the Bridge had practices not entirely focussed on ensuring the safest passage for all.
Once again it won't be those in First class who suffer the most.. Oh and "ICEBERG DEAD AHEAD CAPTAIN!!"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKUPUznJZoE