The RSPB are saying that more must be done to protect birds of prey (raptors).
According to the RSPB there were over 1000 crimes against birds such as Buzzards and Peregrines and they want such crimes to be included in national crime statistics.
Intriguingly Radio 4's Farming Today (it's on at 5:40am, I'm usually shaving!) is looking at Birds of Prey and the countryside all week. This morning a Lincolnshire hunting and shooting estate was featured. Far from complaining about raptors they were actively using them, the spokesman was saying that by increasing borders on fields and cover farmland birds were doing well, birds like Sparrowhawks would take some chicks but that these would be weaker birds and so the Sprawks were strengthing the gene pool.
He also said that when they shot rabbits to control numbers they put rabbits in the fields to attract carrion eaters like Buzzards (and in a site in Berkshire Red Kites). This was beneficial as the raptors scared off Pigeons that fed on the seed.
After you've read of idiot gamekeepers poisioning raptors it was quite encouraging.