Hare-raising proof of buzzard abundance — in our gardens
I had just finished reading the letter about buzzards (Letters, 9 August) when my eyes were drawn to a hare lolloping across the back lawn. It suddenly began to act in an agitated manner, at which point a buzzard swooped down on it. Though it made contact, the hare was able to take sufficient evasive action to escape.
I have suspected for some time that the proliferation of buzzards is having an adverse effect on game birds and hares, which uncharacteristically have taken to skulking along hedgerows rather than open ground. Only this morning I disturbed what appeared to be potentially a similar attack possibly between the same buzzard and hare. Said buzzard was clearly stalking while the hare was looking for a suitable opportunity to strike. I suspect it is only a matter of time before the hare’s luck runs out.
This will be most disappointing as in 15 years of living here, it is the first year that we have maintained a couple of breeding hares.
Conversely buzzards, having no natural predator, are in abundance. I fear they are in danger of tipping the natural balance in their favour. A. Harrison, by email