Are gamebirds taking songbirds food?
Posted by admin - May 12, 2011
ACT has been emailed by a lady who began research recently after being horrified to find a Larsen trap.
Jenny writes: The number of pheasants I see on my walks far outnumbers any other bird apart from the seagull. The number of road kills I see are mostly pheasants with a few foxes interspersed. Does that not say that pheasants are overpopulating the countryside? And they are not even indigenous to this country. It makes me mad.
I have briefly also looked up pheasants, skylarks and song thrushes to see what they eat. And it seems to me that pheasants are taking away the natural food source of songbirds.
Jenny is quite correct, pheasants will eat just about everything a songbird will eat.
During our investigations we have found fewer songbirds on shooting estates and perhaps this is one of the factors. With 40 million alien species gamebirds competing for food with our native songbirds, it is hardly surprising they are struggling.