A 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.
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.