A few months ago, a proposal to protect pheasant farming by removing buzzards was so rapidly abandoned that I never even saw it on the mainstream news. You may recall how I wrote about the pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) being reared for shooting.
The buzzard (Buteo buteo) is a success story in British conservation. It’s another of the species whose picture I drooled over as a child but which I never thought to see for real. In recent years it’s become quite common. Its distinctive shape in the sky never fails to thrill me.