Buzzard Buteo buteo, in flight, UK

Threats

Illegal killing is still a threat over parts of the buzzard’s range, particularly in Scotland, though there are incidents in other parts of the UK.

Buzzard declines

Birds are still shot and, being carrion feeders, they are also particularly vulnerable to poisoning. This may be limiting breeding numbers in these areas.

There is currently no specific conservation action for buzzards, but general conservation work aimed at broad scale habitat management will benefit buzzards by increasing the availability and abundance of prey. We have successfully provided information to gamekeepers on how to reduce the impact on pheasants of birds of prey, though research has shown that such losses are small.

The majority now accept that the threat posed by buzzards to humans is overstated, and we should celebrate the beauty of the once again ‘common’ buzzard.

Buzzard perched on fence post with prey