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RAVENS SOUTH MIDLANDS AREA

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Has any body else seen ravens in their area i'm just south of Coventry and it took a bit of working out as to what they were but we are seeing several ravens in our area.God knows where they have come from or where they roost or go to feed.Don't tell me they are carrion crow as a few people have seen them and are of the same opion that they are ravens.Has anybody else come across them? :hmm: .

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Yes you are bang on they are Ravens I've seen them several times the last 12 months apparently I've heard from a well known source they are youngsters from Wales looking for new territory .

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Lots of Ravens here.

 

Please be aware that all birds are protected, hence the General Licence Birds (to take or kill for reasons of health or safety)

 

Not preaching but if you don't know it's potential trouble big time!

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I've seen several ravens here in East Sussex too. They have a distinctive call which is more croakey than crows, and they have a more diamond-shaped tail.

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Are they protected, I've always thought they were ?

Yes they are

Reduce crows dramatically and they come back

Not the threat crows are as they are exclusive carrion eaters

If you can't recognise them against a crow then make darn sure you can or it will bring trouble down on you and shooting generally

Key points are the cronkin call. Size and flight pattern the wing is more raptorore like a Buzzard in shape with the primarys flaring out like fingers

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We have had Ravens on our shoot and around where I live in Leamington for about 3 years and numbers increasing, never saw them around here before that!

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They are protected, and you need to apply for a specific licence if you want to control their numbers.

 

They cannot be shot under the General Licence.

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I've seen their numbers increase where I shoot over the last five years or so.

It's a good job they are very vocal and let you know when there are around.

 

 

GH

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For years now ravens have been spreading east and south from their former strongholds in the west and North of the country. Within a few years we can expect to be seeing them almost everywhere.

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Yes they are

Reduce crows dramatically and they come back

Not the threat crows are as they are exclusive carrion eaters

If you can't recognise them against a crow then make darn sure you can or it will bring trouble down on you and shooting generally

Key points are the cronkin call. Size and flight pattern the wing is more raptorore like a Buzzard in shape with the primarys flaring out like fingers

We have a lot here and I'm not sure there exclusive carrion eaters, Iv'e scared away quite a few at lambing and i think they are having a go at the lambs as they are coming out, maybe its the after birth maybe not but we do loose quite a few lambs, They will also bring about the early demise of any sheep unfortunate to find itself on its back

 

I do like their flying acrobatics in the spring though,

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Do they nes early or similar to rooks,crows

They nest in Febuary here cant remember when rooks nest in England but do remember standing under rookeries in early spring listening to the cawing ( one of my favourite memories a child :) )

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They unzip new born lambes from the chord.

They eat fruits too.

They scrap with buzzards too.

 

Smart bird, brainy. Mentioned in the bible too.

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Loads in Gloucestershire now, see them and hear them everyday, just like the buzzard they were not about when I was a kid.

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I live on the leicestershire / Derbyshire border just outside ashby-de-la-zouch and first noticed numbers increasing in 2014, but last year i was seeing them most weeks whilst shooting or out dog training. As posts have said their size, calls/ croaks and wing shape gives them away but i also think the shape of the tail aswell is quite distinctive from crows and rooks, it is almost diamond shaped ,lovely birds and great to watch

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