DIFFERENT CAUSES FOR RAPTOR DEATH
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