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Rookes, Crowes and Choughes

Originally posted on The Naturephile:
‘If men had wings and black feathers, few of them would ever be clever enough to be crows’ Henry Ward Beecher Clergyman, wit and abolitionist I’m incarcerated at home at the moment, having been laid…

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Has the red kite become a pest?

Here in Britain the red kite (Milvus milvus) was hunted almost to extinction. In the 16th century it was classed as vermin, supposedly a threat to agriculture. A few centuries later, along came gamekeepers whose job was (and still is) … Continue reading

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Buzzards and pheasants again

A year ago here in England, our Government considered whether to protect farmed pheasants (Phasianus colchicus), an alien species reared for shooting, from native buzzards (Buteo buteo). This would have been done by trapping buzzards and destroying their nests. Really, … Continue reading

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Wildlife in UK cities

I’m grateful to my fellow blogger petrel41 for pointing to this.

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Democracy works for buzzards, forests and badgers

Yesterday I wrote how a daft plan to interfere with buzzards (Buteo buteo) was abandoned after a public outcry. Not long after that a daft plan to sell off our national forests also was abandoned. Today timr6 at Green Living … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Marsh harriers and white-tailed eagles

A few days ago my post about deer stalking led to conversation about predators. Here in Britain, people have often killed predators. But in modern times the law protects rare species including the marsh harrer (Circus aeruginosus) and the white-tailed … Continue reading

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