artemis (artemis_of_isle) wrote in ukbirding,

102 buzzards killed within a few months on the 5000 acres shooting gound at Kempton estate

I heard this on 'Farming Today' on BBC radio 4.

Burden's notebook, in which he used the five-bar gate notation to keep a tally of the number of rabbits, crows and other animals it is legal to kill, and then used coded headings for illegal kills: 40 under BB - black buggers, meaning ravens; 37 under Billy - a country name for a badger; and 102 under an asterisk - which stood for common buzzards

That was quite a lot of buzzards, badgers and ravens within 8 square miles. I hardly see any of them even if I tried hard when I go walking. How big exactly a buzzard's territory is?
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