Keep a close eye on your local rookeries folks! It's this time of year when rooklings begin to fledge and are traditionally shot to protect crops (unbelievably this is legal under general licence) We're hearing of multiple rookery shootings, so please be vigilant! (Photo:RSPB)

10:37 AM ยท May 16, 2020

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Shocking, saw this a couple of years in Angus and I was sick to the stomach. Dozens of rooks lying dead on the road.
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Yes, that's exactly what happens :-(
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Really!๐Ÿ˜ซ. What are they supposed to eat? How sad๐Ÿ˜ช. Today I can hear the gunshots near my house. Why is this legal. We change the landscape and expect wildlife to comply!
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Rooks actually have a neutral effect on arable farming. They do eat crop seeds but balance this out by also eating crop-damaging grubs from the soil.
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I think we heard this happening at Locko park a few days ago but couldnโ€™t be sure. Rooks weโ€™re going mad after gun shots. Why would they do this ? No crops close by?
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It's only legal when done to protect crops or livestock. Pre-released gamebirds are classed as livestock, so if there is no game shooting or arable farming nearby the shooters could have been breaking the law. If so, please report this to your local Police Wildlife Crime Officer.
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