Figures released by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has been welcomed as showing ‘important progress’ by Polegate MP, Maria Caulfield.
The report - which has been formed using data captured between 2010 and 2015 – shows a welcome decline in the number of reported incidents involving wild birds of prey across the UK, dropping from almost 580 reported cases in 2010 to just under 350 cases in 2015.
The data comes as a success story for wild birds of prey, with the majority of varieties at their highest levels since records began.
Welcoming the news, Ms Caulfield said, “I am delighted by this report. While there is no doubt as to the important role that our birds of prey play within our ecology, they also have a part to play within the charming character of our surroundings here in Sussex, whether it’s a Buzzard circling overhead or a Kestrel hovering in a nearby field, there is no doubting their peaceful attraction.
“This progress is thanks to the excellent work that has in the past, and continues to be carried out by organisations such as the RSPB, Countryside Alliance, and their many members, who have worked closely with one another to help our birds of prey to repopulate.”