The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has today u-turned on a proposed study into non-lethal methods of buzzard control.
Responding to the announcement; Tim Bonner, Campaign Director for the Countryside Alliance, said:
“The Countryside Alliance is bitterly disappointed by DEFRA’s u-turn on this sensible, proportionate, study into buzzard control. While the breeding success of buzzards in Britain over the last decade can be been welcomed by all, it has had an impact on other parts of the countryside that now needs proper consideration.
“Wild animal management is an essential part of the countryside that is largely misunderstood by those in towns, cities and, apparently, Whitehall. The bird charities have erupted in protest because it is their interest to oppose any raptor management programmes, but the truth is that many of them, including the RSPB, actively manage populations of corvids on their own estates.
“This study was explicitly non-lethal and right for the countryside as a whole. That the Government has chosen to ignore rural people in favour of a large and vocal special interest group shows ministers are now willing to give in to whoever shouts the loudest.”