Buzzards suffered from persecution and pesticide poisoning in the early 20th century and until recently were only found in the north and west of the country. Over the last couple of decades they have been doing very well and can now be found almost everywhere in the UK. Listen out for their cat-like, ‘kee-yaaa’ calls as they soar in high circles over grassland, farmland and woodlands. Buzzards eat small birds, mammals and carrion, but will also eat large insects and earthworms when prey is in short supply.
How to identify the Buzzard?
Buzzards are the most frequently seen medium-sized birds of prey. They have broader wings and shorter tails than the harriers or red kite. Their plumage can vary from a uniform dark brown to much paler colours.
How can I help?
Like many of our birds of prey, the buzzard was severely persecuted in the UK. This species also suffered declines in the 1950s when rabbit populations crashed due to myxomatosis infections.