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Pheasants

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department has spent on protecting game birds from attacks by buzzards in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what spending has been allocated for this purpose over the next three years; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

holding answer 6 July 2012

DEFRA has not spent any money on directly protecting game birds from attacks by buzzards in the last five years, nor has any funding been allocated for this purpose over the next three years.

DEFRA has, however, funded the Food and Environment Research Agency to undertake a desk study in January 2012 entitled "Approaches to mitigating bird of prey conflicts with pheasants at release pens, outdoor poultry and lambs" at a total cost of £24,694. The report can be found on the DEFRA website.

DEFRA has made provision for up to £125,000 to be available in each of the current and following two financial years for additional research to look at the relationship between raptors (including buzzards), livestock, wildlife and game birds. DEFRA will collaborate with all the organisations that have an interest in this issue to identify and develop any future research proposals.

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