I'm not really clear about this but before I go on lets get things clear: I AM NOT suggesting this practice is in any way acceptable.
However, the question: "would you allow the feeding to a resident or vagrant bird on any of your sites?" surely cannot have been answered simply: "No". All of these organisations have, sometimes very extensive, feeding stations on their reserves. Would Slimbridge stop feeding the Bewicks with huge quantities of grain every evening if a vagrant bird joined the flock? Indeed why is the feeding of the swans, which brings them close to viewing points, and presumably is to the financial advantage of WWT acceptable?
Where is the logical boundary between acceptable and unacceptable feeding of wild birds?
To reiterate: I'm not challenging the 'ban' on feeding the falcon, just interested in the thought process and wonder if I've missed something.
I did state in my post I received some long drawn out answers from the organisations I contacted , all of this led to the unanimous conclusion of No.
To elaborate most of the recognised bodies would not allow feeding of any kind unless authorised by themselves.
Slimbridge for example said only food for Wildfowl sold by themselves was allowable. You may think this is profiteering, but it also makes sense that the birds are receiving the right food.
A lot said the feeding of any birds including vagrants with locusts was to quote one "preposterous" & definitely not allowed.
I've stated on other forums I am obviously not against the feeding of wild birds, but to give supplementary food to an already well feeding RfF, just for the benefit of that " killer photo" is wrong.
Cheers Hughie King.