BUZZARDS

spin cycle

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Location
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:
 

thorpe

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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.
 

ConanPB

Member
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
 

Surgery

Member
Location
Oxford
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.
 

Boysground

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Wiltshire
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

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MrNoo

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Arable Farmer
Location
Cirencester
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.
 

britt

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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.
 

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Ian Stewart insists farmers do not get payments just for owning land, Bob Roberts points out the importance of incentives and public access, while Iain Climie is concerned about food security

The farming subsidy system needs to be totally redesigned and, yes, there are hideous anomalies (Environment to benefit from ‘biggest farming shake-up in 50 years’, 30 November). Racehorses and golf courses are not my idea of farming. But please stop stating that farmers get...
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