The common buzzard is the most common of Britain’s larger birds of prey and it is found in most habitats, particularly woodland, arable, pasture, marsh and scrub. It eats small mammals, birds, carrion and even earthworms if food is in short supply. Its distinctive mewing call, like a cat, is usually made in flight. Conservation status - Buzzards are now the most widespread resident raptor in Britain. Persecution in the 19th Century resulted in buzzards being confined to just the western areas of England, Wales and Scotland. Numbers increased after the banning of a number of pesticides in the 1960s which had been found to affect the ability to reproduce of a number of bird species.