Hun­gry birds

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Our Wild World -

I read the re­cent pheas­ant ar­ti­cle with great in­ter­est (Truth or Fic­tion, June 2019), as I’m sure that the great num­bers of pheas­ants re­leased into the coun­try­side ev­ery year are hav­ing a detri­men­tal ef­fect on our na­tive wildlife. As far back as the 1930s, but­ter­fly ex­pert F.W. Frowhawk was con­cerned about pheas­ants eat­ing large num­bers of the cater­pil­lars of rare wood­land butterflie­s. Plus, in such great num­bers, they must be eat­ing food that would oth­er­wise sup­port na­tive wood­land birds, many of which have suf­fered long-term de­cline. More re­search on the im­pact of pheas­ants in the Bri­tish coun­try­side is needed. Roger Favell, Lin­colnshire

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