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north norfolk
Hate it when cultivating eg cover crop and young leveretts break cover, only to be snatched up by buzzards. Tried to save one today but bird kept flying away. It's screams will disturb my sleep tonight!

yeah i hate the b'stards......all you can do is cut middle of field first so they draw to hedges :scratchhead:


buzzards pregrines and sparrow hawks 20 years ago what treat to see them. today isee them every day, but idont see many of my favorite the kesteral because the sparrow hawks have had them , but iguess we will get the blame for that as well.


Think the barn owls have suffered also. Found one recently dead on a tree stump with definite raptor inflicted wounds.
Buzzard population out of control here , can't stand the things


9 buzzards and 53 kites following the cultivator in the spring. in a 13 acre bit, nothing stands a chance, but people love them, some actually feed em.
Think yourself lucky , well over 150 kites follow around here and probably 20 buzzards , unfortunately not an uncommon site in oxfordshire.


Mixed Farmer
I think the buzzard population has declined here as the number of kites has increased.

we do get stone curlews but the little ones don’t stand a chance



Arable Farmer
Had one take a leveret two days ago, always makes me feel awful as love seeing them about. They are starting to get out of control here, Kites have arrived circa 3-4 years ago, don't mind them, they dont seem to kill like the Buzzards do.


BASE UK Member
Saw one catch a leveret yesterday, but it couldn't carry it away. Jumped out of the tractor to rescue it, but its back legs wouldn't work. It must have punctured the leverets spine with its talons.

Top cereal and oilseed growers honoured at the Yield Enhancement Network Awards 2021

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Despite an average growing year for most crops, many growers managed to go above and beyond their predicted max yields, with Lincolnshire grower Tim Lamyman taking the top spots for his wheat yields and his world record breaking winter barley yield.

The highest cereal and oilseed yields achieved at harvest 2021 were announced at this year’s Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) Awards on Wednesday 24th November at the Croptec Show. With award presentations by Tom Bradshaw, Vice President of NFU, 24 farms took home the evening’s top awards for highest yield and highest potential yield achieved for wheat, winter and spring barley, oats, and oilseed. The 2021 winners came from all corners of the UK, as well as from as far afield as Finland and New Zealand.

Familiar names from 2020 made the...