Calls for Scottish Government to prevent Scottish buzzard cull
- Published on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:08
- Posted by Vicki Mitchem
Chief Executive of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Simon Milne MBE, has written to the Scottish Government asking ministers for reassurance that licenses will not be issued for the destruction of buzzard nests and eggs in Scotland.
The measure is currently being enacted by Natural England – the body responsible for the issuing of these licenses in England – to protect non-native pheasant stock.
In the letter, Mr Milne says: "The Scottish Wildlife Trust always advocates taking management decisions based on the best available scientific evidence.
"Data gathered by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation found that on average the level of predation of game birds by raptors is only 1-2%.
"We do not believe that this comparatively small loss justifies the persecution of this native species and that the vast majority of the public would prefer to see buzzards taking their rightful place in the ecosystem."
"We are sure that the Scottish Government and its agencies would not take similar action; nonetheless we would be grateful for an assurance that no such licenses would be issues in Scotland."
Source: Scottish Wildlife Trust