Shot peregrine successfully rehabilitated & returned to wild

In March we blogged about the discovery of a shot peregrine that had been found in Hampshire (see here). This was a bird that had hatched from a nest ledge on Salisbury Cathedral in 2014.

Following the shooting in March, the peregrine, ‘Peter’, was taken to the Hawk Conservancy Trust near Andover where he began a period of expert veterinary care and rehabilitation for a fractured wing caused by gunshot.

A few days ago, Peter was successfully released and returned to the wild. Fantastic work by all involved! The full story can be read on the Hawk Conservancy Trust website here.

The photo of Peter being released is by James Fisher.


9 Responses to “Shot peregrine successfully rehabilitated & returned to wild”

  1. 1 Alison Rymell
    May 25, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Good news…..in the midst of horrible horrible evidence of man’s inhumanity to man and to wildlife…..Peter has been successfully rehabilitated.
    All good wishes

  2. 2 Tony Dickinson
    May 25, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Congratulations and thanks to all involved in the successful rehabilitation.

  3. 3 Me
    May 25, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    I might be mistaken, but am sure Peter is giving a two fingered wave to someone ( or something ) and not too the decent folk who all helped
    in his recovery. Well done to you all.

  4. 4 chris lock
    May 25, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Good news indeed.

  5. 5 Simon Tucker
    May 25, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    It does show that the illegal persecution of raptors is far from an isolated problem of grouse moors. We have the best gun controls in Europe – but they need tightening still further. Nobody who owns a firearm should have unfettered access to it: it should be lodged at the local police station. Signed out for a specific purpose, with evidence provided of what each cartridge / bullet was used for, the cost of which should be paid for through their firearms licence fee.

    • 6 Dylanben
      May 25, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      …. and the Firearms Licence fee should properly reflect its actual cost – rather than having to be subsidised out of Police funding!

  6. May 25, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Great news for a change

  7. 8 Mick
    May 25, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    What a wonderful end to a sad story, well done to all involved in peters rehabilitation

  8. 9 Brian,
    May 27, 2017 at 7:33 am

    A great piece of news out from all the despair,Thanks to everyone involved in the rehabilitation,and I have to say what an excellent job you have done, Peter looks in Superb Condition,regards Bri.

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