According to their joint statement, “Only in recent years have buzzards recolonised their former haunts — especially in eastern England — and once again become a widespread and celebrated fixture in our skies.”

Gwyn Williams of the RSPB said: “We believe it is wrong that these licences have been issued, it is wrong that there has been no public scrutiny of these decisions, and it is wrong that we only heard of these decisions after the nests had been destroyed.”

BASC chief executive Richard Ali issued a statement on the processes involved in the buzzard licence, saying: “The processes and bodies which regulate wildlife law in Britain are under increasingly shrill attack from pressure groups. BASC is both disappointed and concerned by this turn of events given that the framework has been long established, successful and robust.”

“Over many years, Governments of all parties have recognised the importance of evidence-based and consistent regulation. Laws are made by Parliament after due consultation and much deliberation. We may not always agree with those laws, but we are bound by them.”

“Licensing processes involving wildlife are established by law. This ensures that the democratic will of Parliament is not circumvented by singleinterest campaign groups.”

“These processes must be allowed to operate without undue interference or attempts to put public pressure on civil servants, politicians and agencies.”

“BASC believes in evidence-based policy making, the rule of due process and the consistent application of regulation. To argue for anything else is to abandon all principles of good regulation.”

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Anti-shooting groups reaction to new buzzard licence