Are Buzzards responsible for the decline in the Kestrel population?
Raptor Politics welcomes questions like the one we have published below submitted by one of our readers. This is indeed a very interesting question as we are sure like everyone else in northern England the steady increase in the number of Buzzards into areas where previously none existed has been a topic on many people’s minds. At the same time we have also noticed a steady decline in the number of Kestrels. We are sure the question will result in many interesting and helpful replies.
I have been following the forum for some time and finally decided to contribute. Are any of your forum members aware or have any thoughts on the decline of the kestrel? The reason for asking is that I come from a lowland area where there has been a massive increase in numbers of buzzards but a serious decline in the kestrel population.
When out and about I’ve noticed buzzards perched where there were once kestrels, then the other morning I saw a buzzard attack a kestrel.
The question is could the buzzard be out competing the kestrel, therefore contributing to its decline in some way? I have tried to find some research but have been unable to find any.
Many thanks Eso