Buzzard shot in East Yorkshire

A buzzard with shot gun injuries has been found on farmland at North Frodingham, Driffield, in East Yorkshire.

It has undergone surgery to have its wing pinned and is now being cared for by Jean Thorpe of Ryedale Wildlife Rehabilitation. If you’d like to help support Jean’s never-ending voluntary efforts, please consider a donation here.

Anyone with news about the buzzard shooting please contact Humberside Police on 101.

Buzzard shot Driffield April 2016 Jean Thorpe

Buzzard shot Driffield April 2016 Jean Thorpe 2


14 Responses to “Buzzard shot in East Yorkshire”

  1. 1 keen birder
    April 7, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Might as well put it down, if it cant fly again, id like to put down who shot it, ignorant, needs to be severely dealt with, massive fine and gun licence revoked,, we wish….

    • 2 NorthernDiver
      April 7, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Jean usually manages to get the birds flying again and released back to freedom. Well done her.

    • 3 Andrew
      April 7, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      I think you may be a bit pessimistic on this one. Things should have been pinned in the correct alignment and should heal well. If the recovery goes well it should be able to be released. It’s pretty amazing how they can pin these small bones together these days.

  2. 4 Chris Roberts
    April 7, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    It’s a close match as to which is worst for wildlife crime – the Highlands or Yorkshire. Both places should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves for having this distinction.

    • 5 Jim Clarke
      April 7, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Ashamed, angry, and on the attack; note where the two constituencies with the highest number of signatures to ban driven grouse shooting are.

  3. 6 Jean Thorpe MBE.
    April 7, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Thankyou for publicising another illegally shot bird in my care. The Buzzard wing has been pinned with the intention of releasing the bird back flying and well. We would not put the bird through the rehabilitation process if there was no hope of it being a wild flying bird again. The operation was done by Mark Naguib experienced falconry / wildlife and exotics vet. So far so good……….

  4. 7 I C T
    April 7, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Found on farmland. I’d put money on it that the farmland had “sporting” interests on it.

  5. 8 Tony Warburton MBE
    April 7, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Good to hear of you again Jean. It’s been a long time, but no escape eh? !!! Keep up the great work.

  6. 9 Jimmy
    April 7, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Sadly another part of the “North” thats rotten with wildlife criminals

  7. 10 Me
    April 7, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    A Buzzard flies over a cities surburban estate and one flies over a shitty country estate.People on the ground look up as it flies by. At one location the people comment ” Aaw look is that a feekin Buzzard ? ” At the other location
    the people comment ” Aaw look is that a feekin Buzzard ? ” At which location should the Buzzard feel safe ?
    Thank you Jean and thank you Mark for looking after and taking care of our wildlife that fall foul of the sick sad people we have in the world.

  8. 11 Les Wallace
    April 7, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    In 2014 there was a definite buzzard shooting a few miles away from me in Grangemouth. In2015 I heard a story that the year before a dead buzzard was found in the local wood I do practical conservation work in (if true almost certainly ned with air rifle responsible). And yet again in 2014 I may have ‘witnessed’ a buzzard killing. Walking along the Forth and Clyde canal near Camelon I heard a buzzard, looked up to find it then heard what I thought was either a car backfiring or a shotgun, then the same noise again, and total silence re the buzzard and despite looking everywhere no sign of it and once you look a very hard bird to miss. I still wonder about that. Thank God they are doing well in the lowlands, because would it be surprising if they are still being comprehensively persecuted even there? If the average grouse/pheasant shooter had to spend a day working with Jean what would their reaction be, a life changing experience?

  9. 13 Clive Dennison
    April 7, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Follows on from a Red Kite injured by a shotgun recently in North Yorkshire . Well done Jean, excellent work.

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