Goshawk suffers shotgun injuries to head

The following images appeared on social media a couple of days ago.

This is a goshawk that was found critically injured in Brockweir, Gloucestershire in April 2016 and was taken to Vale Wildlife Hospital. It had been shot in the head.

Unfortunately its injuries were so severe the decision was taken to euthanise the bird.

No further information available.

UPDATE Tues 26th April: Glos Police has today issued an appeal for info here

Photographs by Vale Wildlife Hospital

Goshawk shot Chepstow April 2016

goshawk shot Chepstow April 2016b

Goshawk shot Chepstow April 2016c


11 Responses to “Goshawk suffers shotgun injuries to head”

  1. 1 Andrew
    April 25, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Another one SHOT. Note SHOT.

    The NGO try and make out they are not doing this sort of thing but one thing is for sure it is people with guns with the same interests.

    The other thing for sure is it is NOT people without guns.

    Government and the police please stop pandering to the shooting lobby ( see response to the ban driven grouse shooting petition – a joke) and put some severe penalties in place for these crimes, including forfeiture of any guns owned and a lifetime ban on owning them plus fines and jail sentences.

    The sensible shooting community should also be supporting this as their continued arrogance will see them go the same way as fox hunting as a groundswell of public opinion goes against them. It may take 10 or 20 years but it will happen if they think they can continue to rape wildlife and the land with impunity.

    Example for them – tell an average member of the public how many pheasants are released each year for shooting and paint them a picture of a high bag pheasant shoot and they are aghast.

    Change or lose the battle one day.

  2. 2 Simon Tucker
    April 25, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Andrew – I couldn’t agree more. It is time to remove guns from the countryside: they are unnecessary and too big a temptation for psycho gamekeepers and farmers (I am not saying all farmers and gamekeepers are psychos) to grab a gun and shoot something – and get away with it.

    As I posted in the Red Kite thread: time for ammunition to be indelibly marked and all sales registered and for the purchaser to be totally responsible for wherever their shot is found.

    When you have a government that is quite happy to starve people on benefits if they miss an appointment; who are quite happy for disabled people to lose their livelihoods, indeed, their lives, in order to fund tax cuts to their friends, the likelihood of them caring about the loss of life in our wildlife (given that they are behind the barbarity of the badger cull and their indifference to the plight of bees) is nil.

  3. 3 Chris Roberts
    April 25, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Absolutely disgusting that yet another bird has been shot. I agree it is time to take guns out of reach of these psycho’s.

  4. April 25, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Farmers are a heavily armed community….

  5. 5 keen birder
    April 25, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Well ive resigned from the GWCT a few months ago, I sent a strong letter explaining why, I had been a member for about 15 years, I said theres hardly a week goes by when theres not another case of illegal persecution, etc etc, the hen harrier situation is a disgrace, etc etc, I never even had a letter of reply.
    We live in a world full of conflict, with wildlife, my sub for the GWCT goes now the my local wildlife trust and the Wildfowl and wetlands trust. Much more needs to be done.

  6. 7 Steven Blackley
    April 25, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    As a shooting man and trainee bird ringer this is the part of my hobby that I hate there are people stuck in the dark ages in regards to raptor views and that ruins it for the conservation mind people who do shoot but enjoy the raptors. I could take you to 2 buzzard nests and a sparrow hawk nest on our shoot they rear broods every year that fledge no problem at all

  7. 8 Ian Ford
    April 25, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    I like the idea of indelibly marked ammo so the purchaser is responsible. Presumably ballistics data would identify guns so why not a data base for all guns with a used bullet as a sort of DNA sample when they are licensed?
    Have I been watching too much CSI?

  8. 9 Ian Ford
    April 25, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    I like the idea of indelibly marked ammo. What about having a bullet fired from the gun and retained with licensing body like a DNA sample so that matches could be made. I realise that most illegal deaths are probably from pellets from cartridges. Any other brainstorming ideas?

    • 10 Andrew
      April 26, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Raptor persecution is done mainly with shotguns and the gun does not leave a “fingerprint” on pellets.
      Marking cartridges / pellets (even if the marker survives the heat etc) is a non starter. Think about the logistics of producing and supplying to the hundreds of thousands(?) of shooters. Then if it was possible to implement a marker system those stalwarts of the countryside would revert to home load cartridges for their nefarious activities.

  9. 11 Gareth Jones
    April 26, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    The bird was basically “winged” by the shot and came crashing to the ground. It was found in a garden in the clutches of a cat. The owners phoned the RSPCA and it was collected and delivered to Vale.
    You can pretty much guarantee this has gone on a fair amount around the Forest of Dean in years past, we have had suspicions of this happening in other areas but Its just this time, the shooters aim was off unfortunately for them and so now it wasn’t just another failed nest but a corpse in a garden.
    We are likely to see at the end of the season, if it was part of a pair.

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