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Buzz off to buz­zards?

Q I op­er­ate Larsen traps for mag­pies and a lad­der trap for crows on the fam­ily farm. This year buz­zards have moved in for the first time and I have trapped three of them. Each has been care­fully re­moved, and re­leased on site, but two of them – both tagged – have now been caught twice. Is it le­gal for me to box fu­ture cap­tives, drive 20 miles up the road, and re­lease them there, un­harmed?

A David says: Firstly I sug­gest you look at where and how you are set­ting the Larsen and lad­der traps to see if you can re­duce the like­li­hood of catch­ing a buz­zard. It would not be law­ful to box buz­zards and re­lease them else­where un­less you had a li­cence from Nat­u­ral Eng­land or its Welsh and Scot­tish equiv­a­lents.

It would not be law­ful to box buz­zards and re­lease them else­where

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