Buzzard shot in Essex

The following images and text have been posted on the South Essex Wildlife Hospital facebook page:

‘A very weak buzzard found at the side of a road was assumed to have been a road traffic casualty. Having x-rayed the bird, the reason it wasn’t flying was obvious. Several shot gun pellets were lodged in its body, wing and leg. Vet Tom removed as many as he could once the bird was strong enough for surgery. It is recovering and does seem much stronger now. We hope to release it soon but must be sure it is able to survive in the wild’.

This case has been reported to the police.


4 Responses to “Buzzard shot in Essex”

  1. 1 Michael Whitehouse
    February 12, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    We must be getting somewhere when the Mail report on raptor persecution issues before you do!

    Do you have any thoughts on the reported incinerated Goshawk found on the Sandringam estate. In addition, was news about the missing Montagu Harrier in the public domain back in 2014?

    If there is one place that raptors should feel safe it is in and around Sandringham. Royal patronage – don’t you just love it!

    Please keep up your excellent and informative work.



    [Ed: Hi Mike…blog coming shortly on Sandringham gos!]

  2. February 12, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Well done to the hospital for mending the bird.
    Now to find the culprit, who also needs mending – not much chance of that!

  3. 4 Paul V Irving
    February 12, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    It is all so depressingly predictable, it may be that the populations of harriers, peregrines, eagles, kites and goshawks are more effected by persecution but the buzzard is almost certainly the most frequent victim. These are not victimless crimes both the bird and those deprived of seeing wildlife are victims, we are all in a sense victims. It is time the whole edifice of game shooting, the main reasons for this relentless crime was either brought to heel or gone. Culprits don’t need mending they need jail time.

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