Police investigate shooting of young peregrine in Suffolk

shot perg suffolk aug 2014Suffolk police and the RSPB are appealing for information after the discovery of a young, injured peregrine near the village of Long Melford in Suffolk on 20th August. The bird had been shot.

The peregrine has survived and is currently being rehabilitated at a nearby falconry centre in the hope it can make a full recovery and be released back to the wild.

The RSPB is offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

Full news article here.

This is the 17th peregrine known to have been targeted in these isles this year. And these are only the ones that have reported – how many more have been killed?

In February, a poisoned peregrine was found dead in South Lanarkshire, Scotland (here). In March, a shot peregrine was found dead in Dorset, England (here). In April, a shot peregrine was found dead near Stirling, Scotland (here). In May, a shot peregrine was found critically injured in Devon, England (here). In June, the public foiled an attempted poisoning of six peregrines in Co. Dublin, Ireland (here). In June, a poisoned peregrine was found dead in North Wales (here). In July, four dead peregrines suspected to have been poisoned were found in Gwynedd, NW Wales (here). In August a shot peregrine was found critically injured in Co. Wexford, Ireland (here).

6 Responses to “Police investigate shooting of young peregrine in Suffolk”

  1. 1 Greer Hart
    September 10, 2014 at 11:49 am

    To whom it may concern There is to be a Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions in Edinburgh on 4 October starting at 11 am from Parliament Square. Please see online for information on these Global Marches. 100 cities world wide will be having them. Scotland has to field a good showing, so please spread the word. The March is for all Life forms under threat, and as Birds of Prey are our equivalent of Elephants, we should have a contingent from Scottish Raptor Persecution. I am not an organiser, but I will be there. I have contacted every wildlife and conservation and animal welfare in Scotland about have representatives there to show the inclusiveness of the concern for creatures under threat. My phone number is 0141 649 2462 and anyone can phone me on this issue. Mr Greer Hart, Scottish Tree Trust, Glasgow G41 3EL

    Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:29:39 +0000 To: greerhart42@hotmail.co.uk

  2. 2 Jimmy
    September 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Look no further than the raptors hating fanatics with the pigeon lofts. This crowd are ar as bad as any dodgy gamekeepers when it comes to such wildlfe crimes

  3. 3 keen birder.
    September 10, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    yes I worked with one for 13 years, Peregrine, Sparrow hawk and cats, worrying constantly about them, it was funny when a hen sparrow hawk landed in the garden, he shot out of the house like a mad man lol lol, hee hee.

  4. 4 Chris Roberts
    September 11, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Unfortunately most pigeon keepers, like gamekeepers, can’t tolerate the natural life cycle of the predatory species. I have kept pigeons for many years starting in 1957 (with a long gap in-between) There is a long time peregrine nest within a mile, yet to my knowledge I have only lost one pigeon to it in 14 years. On average I may lose one a year to sparrow hawks.

    I also have two cats that are quite happy to sit in the pigeon loft and the birds don’t mind a bit, I have photos to prove it. There is far too much hysteria within both the pigeon and game keeping worlds with regards to birds of prey.

  5. 5 keen birder.
    September 12, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    The pigeon racing people often lose birds during training and when coming home in races .
    I was coming home tonight driving along a lane, a hen sparrow hawk was standing on a stock dove in the road, I stopped the car only feet from it, the hawk took off carrying the still alive dove, settling on it a few yards away still on the road, I sat in the car and watched, the dove was still alive, I thought I would kill it and then leave the dove, when I walked towards the hawk it then flew away and so did the stock dove, unharmed strongly flying out of sight . So it had lucky escape. my sister once videoed a similar instance with a collared dove, the hen sparrow hawk, ate it alive, over about 15 minutes. We used to keep white doves and every year usually from about May onwards a hen sparrow hawk would come and regularly make a kill, they are a slow killer of pigeons and their dove/pigeon prey do not die quickly, being plucked and eaten alive. They also like grey partridge, I once put one up eating a hen bird of a pair in early spring .
    They are now more numerous than the grey partridge, I saw a hen partridge with 3 large young this year, theres very few left now in most of Cumbria.

  6. 6 Chris Roberts
    September 13, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Yes nature can be cruel, My one loss (so far) this year was to a hen sparrow hawk last March, I didn’t try to save it as I can breed dozens (pigeons are after all a prey species) and the hawk would then have had to find and eat another bird. They can do a lot of damage very quickly and when my cats or a well intentioned neighbour have intervened to safe the pigeon, they generally always die of their wounds.

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