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Active Osprey nest destroyed in N Wales (1 Viewer)

delia todd

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I don’t understand the motivation? Do ospreys take game birds?
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Almost entirely fish, but occasionally take snakes, birds, frogs, reptiles, mammals, and crustaceans. Fish are invariably carried head-first to the nest or other perch.
Though I've only once seen one hunting over ground rather than water, so prey other than fish would seem to be pretty rare on their catch list and most likely opportune rather than searched for.
 

Julie50

Mostly in the Midlands :)
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Thanks - this was my understanding also - not that in my opinion it makes a difference. Just trying to work out the motivation - probably shouldn’t try to get into there minds though I’ve seen Manhunter!
 

Farnboro John

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Maybe look at nearby private fishing lakes?
Seems very similar to Eagles that die over private grouse shooting moors in Scotland.
Spot on. People confuse the right to shoot and the right to fish with the quarry animals being theirs, as opposed to wildlife belonging to everybody: which then leads them to think they can take measures outside the law to protect their "property".

John
 

Strontium Dog

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One of the issues is that punishments for this kind of wanton wildlife slaughter aren't nearly severe enough. In Africa they shoot elephant poachers. I'm not suggesting we adopt a similar policy here, but something more than the typical slap on the wrist paltry fine would definitely be in order.
 

birdboybowley

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One of the issues is that punishments for this kind of wanton wildlife slaughter aren't nearly severe enough. In Africa they shoot elephant poachers. I'm not suggesting we adopt a similar policy here, but something more than the typical slap on the wrist paltry fine would definitely be in order.
Should bring back public flogging
 

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