Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Natural England...showing their true colours

I was reminded today by a friend about an article in the Guardian Newspaper relating to Natural England issuing licences for the secret destruction of Buzzard eggs in order to protect Pheasants for the shoot. 
Why is it that as soon as a species such as the beautiful Buzzard enjoys success by moving into areas where previously persecuted, that someone wants to reverse the trend in the name of hunting.
Buzzards are now enjoying success on my Breckland patch and their numbers can only reach a sustainable level and then plateau.
Buzzards and other raptors have been the subject of persecution historically and indeed at the current time.  I am sure that some gamekeepers will not be happy with this arrangement and that illegal persecution will continue.
Natural England will clearly not be receiving support from me.

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