What about all the birds being killed by raptors?
IN reply to your nature correspondent Sean Wood (Advertiser, November 13).
Sean, I read your article ‘We can’t turn a blind eye to this bird crime’.
I have read many articles like yours about birds of prey being killed.
We only seem to hear about birds of prey, but what about other birds that these raptors are killing?
One pair of peregrines on a church in Exeter killed 15 buzzards.
In this country all birds are supposed to be protected.
Birds of prey were rare years ago. Not now.
Now it is other birds that need protection from them.
Birds of prey are causing big trouble for anglers, farmers, pigeon fanciers and the shooting industries.
The population of raptors is soaring, so is it time for a compromise?
Our birds are in big decline.
The government of lower Austria examined independent scientific evidence and duly authorised a licensed cull of buzzards and goshawks, citing the protection of 24 vulnerable prey species.
There should be no taboo about doing what is right just because a bird is a raptor.
Our raptor population is at the highest in living memory and on an upward trend.
We have double standards in this country about conservation.
Thirteen conservation groups have signed a letter published in the Independent asking for full legal protection of buzzards to be maintained.
This mass hysteria is down to a few land owners calling for a cull.
Mark Avery, the former conservation director of the RSPB, says it’s time to change the way we support agriculture.
If the billions in public money that is currently being poured into agricultural support was better spent we could have a farmland where the story was one of increases in many bird species.
One farmer said he has 20 pairs of buzzards on this farm and he can’t do anything about them.
So, he’s just producing birds for predators.
Sean you are always writing about raptor persecution.
Do you think it right that falconers hawk hundreds of endangered birds?
The buzzard is not endangered or the sparrow hawks or hybrids, but falconers are still allowed, under licence, to hawk birds