Snakes alive!

Gardeners' World - - We Love September -

I read your fea­ture on grass snakes ( Snake charmer, Au­gust is­sue) with great in­ter­est, but I note the omis­sion of the pheas­ant as a preda­tor partly re­spon­si­ble for grass snake de­cline. Over 35 mil­lion pheas­ants are re­leased each year and prey upon young grass snakes, lizards and am­phib­ians, yet lit­tle is re­ported. David Bur­ton, Shrop­shire

We say We are not aware of grass snake de­cline due to pre­da­tion by pheas­ants. Our wildlife fea­tures are writ­ten in the con­text of gar­dens, where pheas­ants are typ­i­cally rare.

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