DIF­FER­ENT CAUSES FOR RAP­TOR DEATH

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I be­long to a small DIY syn­di­cate in Powys — 22 miles away from home — and we go to great lengths to scare away birds of prey and work within the law to pro­tect our game birds, which is a con­tin­ual chal­lenge. There­fore I found your re­port on il­le­gal bird killings very dispir­it­ing for sev­eral rea­sons, but in par­tic­u­lar be­cause the au­thors clearly had the shoot­ing com­mu­nity in their sights from the out­set (News, 1 November).

Hav­ing read Shoot­ing Times, I walked my Labrador and springer up to the pub in the vil­lage for con­sol­ing liq­uid re­fresh­ment. This ne­ces­si­tated cross­ing the busy A465 that runs be­tween Here­ford and Aber­gavenny. On the road­side grass verge near my house lay a dead goshawk, which had clearly been hit by a ve­hi­cle very re­cently (it was still warm and soft). This trig­gered a thought as to how the re­port had taken into ac­count the nu­mer­ous birds of prey that are killed on UK roads ev­ery day.

Where I live in Mon­mouthshire we are blessed with a broad range of wildlife in some quan­tity, which re­gret­tably comes into con­flict with traf­fic on the county roads. Thus I have seen nu­mer­ous foxes, rab­bits, squir­rels, pheas­ants and buz­zards ly­ing dead on or near the A465 in the eight years I have lived here. The dead goshawk I saw

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