GOSHAWKS CON­TROL­LING GREY SQUIR­REL NUM­BERS

Bird Watching (UK) - - Parting Shot -

A Goshawk nest mon­i­tored by the Forestry Com­mis­sion and lo­cal bird­watch­ers in Der­byshire showed that 95% of the birds’ diet con­sisted of Grey Squir­rels. Nests in the Mid­lands and Devon also recorded pre­da­tion rates of 90% and 68% re­spec­tively. Sim­i­lar trends have been re­ported in Ger­many and the Nether­lands, where Goshawk is a more com­mon sight. In the Nether­lands, it’s seen above open farm­land with scat­tered tree cover, and in Ger­many it’s gained strongholds in ur­banised ar­eas. Re­mark­ably, in Ber­lin, Goshawk den­sity can be up to 13 pairs per 100sqkm. If a sim­i­lar in­crease can be fa­cil­i­tated in Bri­tain, squir­rel num­bers could soon fall.

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