Buzzards and pheasants

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.

Do buzzards need to be taken out of the way of pheasant farmers? No they do not! I’m glad that daft proposal came to nothing. Thanks to my fellow blogger petrel41 for telling us about this story.


About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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10 Responses to Buzzards and pheasants

  1. eqfe says:

    Vultures are something special when they are gliding through the air. In flight, the most magnificent local bird is the turkey vulture. There are more than enough roadkill deer to keep them well fed. I know that I go on about how overrun with deer we are, but they seem to outnumber squirrels, rabbits and feral cats combined on my cities streets.

  2. Carol Hague says:

    There are at least two buzzards round here. At least I’m pretty sure they’re buzzards – I’ve only seen them cirling quite high up, and last time being chased by crows. I hope to get a non-blurry photo one day.

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