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PYRTLE

Old Berkshire Boy
It is very frustrating trying to establish what the true picture is, whether a genuine comeback and good news for this species or a political promotion by those in support of grouse driven moorland. Those at Raptor Persecution UK still claiming a poor number in relation to the 330 pairs that England could have as a breeding population whereas Natural England hailing the figures as a direct result of "partnerships" with grouse shooting estates and landowners, together with the controversial practice of brood management. Perhaps restricted access due to COVID 19, played a part this year and the prediction of mass raptor slaughter did not occur. I pass.

Encouraging figures for sure, and hopefully a trend that will continue for years to come.
 
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eca321

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It is unclear.. 60 from 19 nests, some of which were managed, some of which were on estates? 2018 was also the “best year ever”, I suppose when you at the bottom, the graph can only go up. So if there is no issue skies should be full with birds now mature then, right?
 

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