Natural England, the former independent conservation agency which now spends much too much of its time issuing licences to kill wildlife, has issued four licences this year to kill Buzzards, a native species of predator, because they might be causing serious damage to livestock known as Pheasant poults (a non-native species released into the UK countryside in its millions so that it can be shot for fun).
This information is available in an update on the NE bit of the utterly hopeless GOV.UK website.
The world is a strange place under this government where Defra has turned into the enemy of wildlife rather than its friend, its persecutor rather than its protector, its destroyer rather than its comfort.
I find this very, very sad. And it is very, very weird too.