Peregrine shot in Devon as this year’s tally continues to rise

Perg shot seaton Devon May 2014A critically-injured peregrine was found at Seaton Beach in Devon on Bank Holiday Monday. The bird, soaked and unable to fly, was found by members of the public.

It was taken to a vets but had to be euthanized. Its injuries were consistent with a gunshot wound.

The police quickly issued an appeal for information (see here) and local birder Steve Waite has written about the incident on his blog (see here).

So here we are, another month, another reported raptor persecution crime to add to the year’s growing death toll:

Jan 2014: Shot buzzard, Norfolk.

Jan 2014: Dead bird (species unknown) & poisoned bait, South Lanarkshire.

Feb 2014: Shot buzzard, North Yorkshire.

Feb 2014: Shot buzzard, Norfolk.

Feb 2014: Shot sparrowhawk, Norfolk.

Feb 2014: Spring-trapped buzzard, West Yorkshire.

Feb 2014: Poisoned peregrine, South Lanarkshire.

Mar 2014: Shot peregrine, Dorset.

Mar-April 2014: Poisoned red kites (x 16) & buzzards (x 6), Ross-shire.

April 2014: Man arrested for alleged attempted raptor trapping, Aberdeenshire.

April 2014: Shot buzzard, North Yorkshire.

April 2014: Shot red kite, Northamptonshire.

April 2014: White-tailed eagle ‘disappears’ in suspicious circumstances, Aberdeenshire.

April 2014: Peregrine ‘illegally killed’, Stirlingshire.

May 2014: Shot peregrine, Devon.

Meanwhile, over in Northern Ireland a wildlife crime summit has learned that 90 raptors have been found poisoned there since 2006 – see here.


3 Responses to “Peregrine shot in Devon as this year’s tally continues to rise”

  1. 1 Chris Roberts
    May 9, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Gamekeepers, farmers and pigeon keepers (of which I am one ) are the most likely causes of all of above plus the hundreds ( or thousands? ) not found and reported.
    Why can’t us humans learn to tolerate and live with our fellow creatures? I am 100% sure that the loses that all of above claim are exaggerated out of all proportion. As I have said before, I very seldom lose a pigeon to predators and mine are at liberty all day, in the middle of the Highlands.
    I saw my first casualty in two years, being eaten by a sparrow hawk in my rear garden last March. If my loses are so few, how come others claim so many? I assume that they exaggerate because of compensation claims and a hatred of predators.

  2. 2 John Taylor
    May 9, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Having worked in rural areas all my life I know only too well that Victorian attitudes towards raptors persists amongst a good many people – if it’s got a hooked beak then it’s vermin! I’ve tried reasoning but to no avail, these attitudes are passed on from father to son and are hard to break. Chances are that the shot/poisoned/trapped birds are never found by the public and the true figure must be huge.

  3. 3 Jimmy
    May 9, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    John is right.. you only have to read what passes for the farming and shooting press in this country to see how much ignorance is out there on the subject

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