Confusion in the law
In your October issue you state that if a magpie is just a nuisance or you don’t like them, you can’t legally shoot them. You also say that you must try to scare them away before trying to shoot. My reason for sending this letter is because in the January and March issues you kept going on about shooting ‘branchers’ (young rooks). At no point did you say that you must try to scare them away. If this is the norm, are we all breaking the law? Mr York
Hello This is a point well made and highlights a grey area of the law. Farmers use many tactics to scare rooks away from their crops, such as using bangers, gas guns and kites that look like birds of prey, but their numbers can still be so high as to cause large financial losses. In that situation, culling youngsters before they get the chance to grow large enough cause damage is ethical and legal. Ed.
When the rooks arrive in these numbers, the farmer needs to do whatever he can to get rid of some