Ruffling the Feathers of the Debate on Captive Birds of Prey

The People's Countryside Environmental Debate Podcast

19-11-2023 • 14 mins

Join co-hosts Stuart 'The Wildman' Mabbutt and William Mankelow, as they embark on the kind of conversation you’d overhear at the pub. This discussion was prompted by a thought-provoking question sent in from listener Alvaro in Spain, which is as follows:

"Do you feel the use of captive trained birds of prey is a good way of dispersing other birds like pigeons and gulls?"

Stuart shares a poignant tale of clashes at a local rubbish tip, revealing the complexities of labelling creatures like gulls and pigeons as vermin

The discussion extends to the root causes — our burgeoning rubbish piles. William questions the true efficacy of using trained birds, while Stuart introduces a compelling analogy: these birds are like brooms, clearing the immediate surroundings. The debate explores whether using these birds is a practical solution, or, just a PR gesture.

The discussion extends to the root causes — our burgeoning rubbish piles. William questions the true efficacy of using trained birds, while Stuart introduces a compelling analogy: these birds are like brooms, clearing the immediate surroundings. The debate explores whether using these birds is a practical solution, or, just a PR gesture.

What do you make of this discussion? Do you have a question that you'd like us to discuss? Let us know by sending an email to ⁠thepeoplescountryside@gmail.com

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