We were already aware before hand, the licensed killing of 10 Buzzards allows more Buzzards to move into the area causing even more damage to game stocks, resulting the need for more kill licenses being issued by Natural England. Remember we are not just talking about the licensed killing of Buzzards here. Shooting estates almost certainly will be applying for licenses allowing them to kill Red Kites, Sparrowhawks, Goshawks, and any other raptor taking a fancy to a pheasant poult. If the pole shocker works then licensed slaughter of buzzards in the future could possibly be eliminated altogether with no need for Natural England issuing any more licenses.
What makes this sick is that I regularly observe several species of birds of prey from my house feeding next to pheasant pens. With all that grain around mice, voles and even rats are encouraged into the area for a free meal, not to mention finches and buntings, so these birds of prey are not always there to feed on the game birds and are doing a great job removing these rodents leaving more grain for the game birds. Fortunately the estate near my home tolerates birds of prey and are eager to learn how to live with them not kill them.
We always encourage our readers to leave their views but when you read some of the comments posted by this other web site you find that many of their readers do not know what they are talking about. Instead of trying to find a non lethal solution to the ongoing license to kill a few buzzards situation, perhaps because these people are anti – shooting, they give the impression the whole shooting thing will just vanish off the face of the earth. May be these people should have gone to ‘Spec -savers’!!