To continue Killing Buzzards by licence, or instead use a non lethal method to move them on. Why should this be a dilemma?

Unless a more acceptable non lethal solution is found preventing buzzards from predating pheasants poults at or close to their release pens, Natural England are compelled by court order to continue issuing licenses allowing gamekeepers to kill buzzards to protect their livestock. We don’t like the current position but that is the reality whether we like the situation or not. We are suggesting that Natural England take a look at the american pole shocker which has been so effective in preventing livestock kills by a variety of raptors throughout the USA. We suggest Natural England should undertake a series of field trials under strict supervision to establish the benefit or otherwise in preventing buzzards predating pheasants around or within their release pens. Should these trials prove successful then there would be no further need to issue licenses allowing any buzzard to be killed, does anyone have a problem with that?
five dead buzzards

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’!!

2 comments to To continue Killing Buzzards by licence, or instead use a non lethal method to move them on. Why should this be a dilemma?

  • david holden

    It does seem a bit strange a site that claims to be there to stop persecution of raptors should get so worked up about a proposal for a non-lethal method of preventing the need for lethal control. I don’t know the history between the two blogs but to an outsider it does look like there is more in play than a simple disagreement on what is no more than an electric fence. Given that the RSPB is busy ringing some of its reserves with a fencing system that would shame the iron curtain complete with several electrified wires I fail to see what all the fuss is about. As to posters on the other site in question that site does seem to attract some of the more extreme and poorly informed elements in this debate and should not be taken too seriously.

  • Keith Cowieson

    With you all the way on this RP. Why on earth should anyone object to a non-lethal substitute for the current lethal option? Anti-mammalian predator, electric fencing at RSPB reserves (and elsewhere) to protect vulnerable waders seem to be all the rage – what’s so different here?

    You should contact NE and bring this to the attention of their relevant Desk Officer. This is a potential win-win solution, and the sooner a trial can be undertaken the better.