Recent letters to British Birds question whether there has, in fact, been a real increase in breeding Honey-buzzards Pernis apivorus in Britain (Wiseman 2004), and suggest that the present population is `not certainly more than 30-50 pairs' (Mummery et al. 2004). Over the past 20 years, I have watched breeding Honeybuzzards at more than 30 locations in England, Scotland and Wales, and have discusse


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