'Mock outrage' claim over buzzard 'u-turn'
The government has scrapped a proposal to allow gamekeepers in England to capture and relocate buzzards and destroy their nests, in order to protect pheasants. The decision came after intensive lobbying by organisations including the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
Tim Bonner, the campaign director for the Countryside Alliance, told The World At One's Shaun Ley that he believed "someone in government has decided that the mock outrage of the RSPB is more of a problem for them than a science-based piece of research which would have been supported by the rural community".
But Martin Harper, conservation director at the RSPB, insisted that "this has been a distraction, and I think now what we need from government is absolute clarity that no bird of prey should be killed to protect sporting interests".
Source: BBC News