There have been several different articles in the mainstream media ranging from the BBC to George Monbiot's take on matters in The Guardian. DEFRA have failed to respond with anything meaningful and as yet none of the shooting organisations have managed to produce a shred of evidence to support the plans despite continuing their usual bluster about pumping billions into the economy.
If you haven't already done so I would urge you to write to your MP and DEFRA condemning their proposals as well as signing the e-petition (I'll add link when the civil servants release it). We can stop this happening here in Northumberland and further afield if we act as one.
If you need any further incentive, how about this quote from the front page of Modern Gamekeeping magazine's forthcoming June edition celebrating the news and looking ahead " the research may finally open the door to lethal control of Buzzards" (see image below, I hope someone will chip in for costs when they sue me).
Let's remember, 40m non-native Pheasants released into the countryside, zero research into the impact on native flora and fauna. DEFRA propose to spend £375,000 of your money to review how to