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As someone who has been obsessed with buzzards since before the Queen was crowned, I found this (which happened very close to Silbury Hill) particularly unacceptable:

“On 1 June 2022 at Swindon Magistrates Court a gamekeeper received a 12-month community order to carry out 180 hours unpaid work and was ordered to pay £393 costs and £95 surcharge for pleading guilty to raptor persecution offences relating to the discovery in 2020 of at least 11 buzzards, four red kites and one gull species that had been dumped down a well on Galteemore Farm, a pheasant-shooting venue in Wiltshire.”

This is a very frequent, rarely provable, and yet avoidable type of incident. When will Britain do what is right rather than pull its punches on conservation (of many sorts) to please vested interests?

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