Received by email:
Mark, you really seem to have no idea of the destruction caused by corvids in particular the magpies during the nesting season! Either that or there is some other agenda namely headline grabbing to keep you and packham in the public eye so they contribute to book sales etc. As for the grouse grousing, that comes across as pure jealousy and hatred of the haves by the have nots! I would personally like to see those responsible for releasing buzzards back here brought to book as they are wiping out rabbits in particular which are a key prey species for the foxes whose numbers are deminishing. There soon won’t be enough slugs and worms ( sarcasm I know!) to go round!
…and my reply:
[Name] Thank you for your email which made me cry (sarcasm).
I cannot think how I spend all the money that I make from book sales (sarcasm).
I don’t know where you live but I’d be a bit surprised if anyone has released Buzzards wherever it is as Buzzards are spreading back to many parts of the UK under their own steam and partly, I think, because of a decrease (though not a cessation) of illegal poisoning (not sarcastic).
Thank you for taking the trouble to get in touch.