I'm shocked to see this all over Twitter this morning
Don't forget they are also culling Red Deer too as part of habitat management.
The Longshaw estate has always kept the numbers down to around 200 but I was told the other day when I went up there the RSPB have taken it much lower this year.
Deer are also regularly culled at Minsmere. Nobody likes it but too many birds would lose out if it wasn't done.
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