Red kite shot dead near Toddington, Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire Police and the RSPB are appealing for information following the discovery of shot red kite in Bedfordshire.

A member of the public found the kite’s corpse at Daintry Wood near Toddington (unfortunately no date has been provided. UPDATE: corpse found 27 Feb 2017) and it was sent to ZSL for a post mortem where an x-ray revealed 10 pieces of lead shot lodged in its body, indicating it had probably been shot at close range.

Anyone with information is asked to call Bedfordshire Police on 101.

RSPB press release here


11 Responses to “Red kite shot dead near Toddington, Bedfordshire”

  1. 1 crypticmirror
    April 7, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Close range… Could this mean it was lured in? No accusations, just curiosity.

  2. 4 chris lock
    April 7, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    As is stated in two previous above comments, either lured in and shot or shot while roosting; however ranks will close and no person will have seen anything..

    • 5 Marco McGinty
      April 7, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Chris, there is every possibility that many in the shooting industry will deny the bird was shot. Won’t be the first time, and certainly won’t be the last.

  3. 8 Secret Squirrel
    April 7, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Read some of the comments on previous blogs, you will see shooting at roost is a favourite tactic of woodland keepers

  4. 9 J .Coogan
    April 7, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    They are taking them out with night vision equipment.

  5. 10 I C T
    April 8, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Shooting at roosts is a norm for driven grouse moor keepers.

  6. 11 Thomas David Dick
    April 9, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    There is of course no way you could mistake a kite for any legitimate target…especially at close range…it should be obvious by now that there are some people deliberately killing kites – some pathetic poke in the eye to conservationists for trying to interfere with their sad little hobbies…

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