It’s just as illegal to kill a Buzzard as it is to kill a Hen Harrier.
Satellite-tagging a lot of Buzzards, particularly in areas close to driven grouse moors would, I bet, lead to a lot of interesting information about Buzzard movements and survival, and also lead to some interesting ‘disappearances’ which could be reported to the police.
I reckon that the North York Moors would be a good place to do such a study and I would be very surprised if the Forestry Commission weren’t very cooperative with any researchers who wanted access to their estates around the edge of the central grouse moor area.
Buzzards are really interesting – it would be good to know more about them. They could be really useful too.