A charity has called for greater protection for birds of prey today after publishing new statistics which show more of them than ever are being shot or poisoned.
The RSPB says more action needs to be taken on people who are killing them to protect birds that are bred for game.
Two baby buzzard eagles have been born prematurely at the International Bird of Prey Centre in Gloucestershire. The chicks are being hand-reared for the first few weeks of their lives because it's too cold to risk leaving them outside. Ken Goodwin reports.
They may look like harmless fluff balls but by the time they're fully grown these predators could have an 80 inch wingspan and an appetite for animals as big as foxes.
Holly Cale from the centre says the buzzard eagle eggs were taken from the parent birds because they were laid too early. Once temperatures warm up a bit the chicks will be introduced to the parents who will rear them.
Our reporter Ken Goodwin went to take a look.
These baby grey buzzard eagles were born prematurely at the Newent Bird of Prey Centre in Gloucestershire. Our reporter Ken Goodwin has spent the day at the centre filming the new arrivals, who are currently being hand-reared.
Two baby grey buzzard eagles have been born prematurely at theInternational Bird of Prey Centre in Newent in Gloucestershire. Because of the cold weather the chicks are being hand-reared for the first few weeks of their lives.
The species comes from South America and when fully-grown, these chicks could have a wingspan of 80 inches.