The UK’s raptors
Buzzards are the UK’s most common bird of prey, breeding in every county of England, Wales and Scotland. They’re adept at hunting a wide variety of prey, including rabbits, voles, mice and small birds.
These beautiful raptors are sometimes known as ‘fish hawks’ due to their skill at snatching swimming prey. To satisfy their diet ospreys nest near lakes and other bodies of water, with some preferring to eat sea fish.
Goshawks skilfully weave around trees in their woodland habitat while pursuing prey. In spring they perform a ‘sky dance’ – a spectacular routine of swoops and dives intended to impress potential mates.
With an average wingspan of over two metres (6.6 feet), this bird’s nickname is ‘the flying barn door’. The UK’s largest raptor is sadly endangered and can now only be found on the west coast of Scotland.