Spearheading the campaign to rid the Scottish countryside of Buzzards, Scottish Gamekeeper's Association's Alex Hogg appears to have lost none of his appetite for trying to get his anti-raptor message out. His last blog on the SGA website has Alex once again claiming big losses to Buzzards as well as a couple of other new Pheasant-killers.
Alex writes "The first week I lost a good few poults to the Tawny Owls and
Sparrowhawks and then the Buzzards found them and, since then, we have
been losing one a day at each pen for the last 28 days.As well as these losses from direct predation, my poults once again
are on the verge of leaving me because of the onslaught, hence hundreds
more losses, and I can’t do a damn thing about it."
I admit I continue to be puzzled as to exactly how the Chairman arrives at his numbers and is able to keep track of which predators are taking which poults. In fact I'm astonished that he even manages an accurate count of the poults in his release pens to be able to assess the predation.
It is also worth noting the numbers above and contrasting them with Alex's interview on Countryfile recently in which he stated 'we lose 1000 poults to Buzzards a year', I wrote about the apparent inconsistency in his numbers here. Remember that 1000 a year equated back to an incredible 150 poults per week if true. However as can be seen from his latest claims he now claims his losses (if we can trust these latest figures) are SEVEN poults per pen per week. Extrapolated that totals perhaps 42 poults from a pen during the six weeks the Pheasants are sited inside the pens. Now I don't know how many release sites they have for the 3800 poults they release but I suspect it may fall well short of the 23 they would need for Alex's original claims to be anything other than complete Hogg-wash.
What is very clear is that 'anecdotal evidence' like this from so called 'respected' sources within the industry, remember that is what was and continues to be used as a basis for justifying the need for Buzzard Management by these people, cannot be trusted. At best it is spurious, inaccurate nonsense and at worst a deliberately concocted trail of deceit designed to achieve their aims.