Birds of Prey in Europe by Maarten Bijleveld

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Thus we can understand what is meant by figures covering Niedersachsen and provided by the Institut fur Jagdkunde of the University of Gottingen: 50,9I I birds of prey killed between I959 and I963. The Ministry of Agriculture ofNiedersachsen provided, after the Landesjagdverband (Hunters' Association) refused to do so, figures showing that 38,4-32 birds of prey were registered as shot in the period between I 963 and I967 in Lower Saxony. For Schleswig-Holstein it was determined from the periodical of the Landesjagdverband, which also refused to provide any data, that, between I 960 and I 968, 3 7, 79 3 birds of prey were killed.

The The systematic persecution organisation of the breeding and release of game birds started in I 96 I by local hunting and farming groups usually includes the payment of premiums for raptors, but in these cases there is no governmental subsidy. ). Great Britain. In England the First World War brought a decrease in the persecution because so many gamekeepers went to the front. According to Feilden (I92I) the Kestrel was relatively numerous in the neighbourhood of Burwash, in Sussex, around I 890, but became scarce in the years before the First World War owing to the persecution by gamekeepers.

At present, this form of raptor destruction is rarely used, especially as the current scarcity of birds of prey means that the long hours of sitting in the blind are not worth the trouble (Marz, I958). , I928). A banding study performed from I924 to I 928 in the vicinity of Radeberg, near Dresden, in which 4 I 8 birds of prey were ringed (Goshawks, Sparrow Hawks, Buzzards, Kestrels and Hobbies) (Bernhardt, I 932) showed that at least 75 % of the recovered birds had been destroyed before they had lived a year.

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