Four goshawks and a buzzard found poisoned

The RSPB has put up a reward of £1,000 for information about the deaths of four goshawks and one buzzard which have been found poisoned in Devon. They were discovered in Forestry Commission woods near to Exeter and had been poisoned with the bannned pesticide Carbofuran.

A recent survey suggests that there are no more than 20 breeding pairs of goshawk in Devon.

Ian Parsons, a Forestry Commision ranger, said: “The people that do this to our wildlife not only deprive people of the chance to see these rare birds but they also put the public at risk. The poison involved is lethal to dogs and humans and the land where this happened is open to the public. These people obviously don’t care about the dangers of doing this“.

Anyone with information about these crimes is urged to call Crimestoppers, in confidence, on: 0800-555-111, or email Devon & Cornwall Police Wildlife Crime Officer P.C. Josh Marshall directly: Joshua.MARSHALL2@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

PC Marshall said: “We rely on the public to be our eyes and ears in wildlife crimes such as this. If anyone knows anything about this, please get in touch“.

BBC News story here

Western Morning News article here


2 Responses to “Four goshawks and a buzzard found poisoned”

  1. 1 john miles
    September 15, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Interesting to note that a Goshawk’s nest on camera here in Devon showed that 68% of its prey was Grey Squirrel. So these estates are also encouraging the spread of this alien species the opposite to which they claim they are doing and now they kill the predator that does a better job. Pine Marten is the other species which preys on Grey Squirrel but they are extinct in England due to these same estates.

  2. 2 Paul Risley
    September 18, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    The Goshawks in the south east are believed to have originated from south Wales, A Forestry commission report documenting prey taken by Goshawks in Wales recorded 2,213 prey items, no game birds were recorded in this study, 36.3% of their diet was made up of Corvids. These fantastic Birds breed in city centre parks in Europe, In areas were they have been studied many species of birds have better breeding success because of the lower densities of corvids as opposed to areas without Goshawks. in this country however they are rare and we and our wildlife are unlikely to benefit from them because a selfish minority has, despite all evidence, deemed these birds to be destructive to their own interests, absolutely sickening

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