Buzzard found shot dead in Yorkshire Dales National Park

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for information following the discovery of a dead buzzard.

It was found by a farmer in a field off Hawthorns Lane, Gordale, near Malham in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. An x-ray revealed a shotgun pellet lodged in the bird’s head.

Police appeal for information here

The Grough website is also carrying an article about this dead buzzard and has included details of other recently-killed raptors and associated wildlife crime within this National Park:

‘The bird’s death is the latest in a number of incidents of raptor persecution in the Yorkshire Dales. A buzzard that was found with gunshot wounds in the Cowgill area in Dentdale earlier this month and taken to a veterinary centre, where it was expected to make a full recovery.

A tagged hen harrier that went missing in upper Swaledale in December last year and a shot peregrine falcon was found near Grassington in October.

In July, North Yorkshire Police admitted it had been wrong not to pursue a prosecution through the courts of a junior gamekeeper who admitted setting illegal cruel traps on the Mossdale Estate near Hawes. He was given a police caution for the offence.

The incident prompted the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority chairman Peter Charlesworth to say: “At a time when the Yorkshire Dales is receiving such widespread recognition as a wonderful place to visit, it’s incredibly disappointing that the criminal persecution of birds of prey continues to damage the reputation of the area.

“We know that birds of prey are a big attraction to the millions of visitors that come here, so these acts are causing economic damage as well as appalling harm to wildlife.”’


12 Responses to “Buzzard found shot dead in Yorkshire Dales National Park”

  1. 1 kevin moore
    May 27, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Bloody groundhog day, there cannot be many birds of prey left in north yorks

  2. 2 Jimmy
    May 27, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Clearly our National Parks are overrun with wildlife criminals – government needs to get the finger out on this!!

  3. May 27, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    I always think that we should change the ‘national’ in our ‘national parks’ to ‘game’ or ‘grouse.’

    So it’s the Cairngorms Grouse Park and the Yorkshire Dales Game Park.

    Let’s face it, there’s precious little bugger-all else….!

  4. 4 Greer Hart, senior
    May 28, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Vote Conservative in the forthcoming general election, if you want a free vote on fox hunting, which in turn, could mean the other blood sports gaining more confidence that they can defy the law even more so, if such a vote were to be successful. The Tory candidate for Glasgow South has assured me that he would not endorse a return of fox hunting, and there are others of like mind. Why can such a growing number of objectors not form a phalanx to rid the Conservative Party being the flag bearer for blood sports? Due to this election having other purposes behind it, many will be voting Conservative for reasons other than bringing back a blood sport. If the Tories get a landslide, then I hope the dumb among them do not think that is an endorsement for all hell being let loose in the UK countryside. We need to bring all our wildlife and animal welfare concerns together under one banner, or we will get nowhere in the forthcoming years. If a determined cohesion is not arrived at, then we will still be moaning in the Comments of RPS. These are major world issues, the conservation of species and the treatment of animals in general. Animals no not frontiers and have many countries which they have to exist in to survive for various periods of time, or if fixed in location, face massive destruction of their habitats. What we experienced in Scotland and elsewhere in Britain, with the Clearances, is going on throughout the world today, with tribal peoples being chased off their traditional lands, by the modern version of sheep farmers and Victorian shooting estates, the miners, the tree fellers, the palm oil and soya plantation clearers, the ranchers. Every day this process of defying the respective laws of the various states involved, gains impetus and will end in the creation of a uniform system of land use, with the monotony of no birds flying in the skies, or wild animals making loud noise or the fluttering of wings of insects going from flower to flower. We have a war of attrition with our Birds of Prey being gradually wiped out, and our countryside becoming more mundane in large areas, than what it is. The pity is, that future generations will think that a deserted countryside is normal, and that the gamekeeper saves us all from vermin.

  5. May 28, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Our new Yorkshire book is out – Best Birdwatching sites Yorkshire by Neil Glenn and me. The reason I mention it is that I wrote the section for this area. The potential for wildlife tourism is massive given the limestone landscape with Malham Cove and Tarn. There is a visitor centre along with the field centre at the tarn itself and all it needs is a bit of understanding that shooting is not what the majority of the visitors have come to see. This area once held the highest density of Golden Plover in Britain [Ratcliffe] as grazing pressure takes its toll not predation but again with Brexit no one knows what the future is for these farmers in this area. If you have never been even the cove itself is worth a visit.

    • 6 SOG
      May 28, 2017 at 10:23 am

      I quite agree, John, it’s a superb area. I’ve enjoyed walking there in the past, and I expect to go in the future. But not while these crimes are happening: again, this is the only protest I can make.

      • 7 Paul V Irving
        May 28, 2017 at 12:46 pm

        John and SOG are right North Yorkshire is a fantastic place to enjoy good scenery, meet fellow wildlife enthusiasts and see great wildlife and not just birds, despite it being without any doubt the heart of darkness when it comes to wildlife crime in England. SOG by staying away you are giving the wildlife criminals here just what they want they don’t like us birders and naturalists poking around so please come here just to spite the bastards. When is the book published John?

        • 8 Michael Whitehouse
          May 28, 2017 at 1:36 pm

          Spot on Paul.

          Malham is at the heart of the Dales. It is a major tourist area – try parking there last weekend or today. It is not Arkengarthdale nor Widdale. This crime is a bit like shooting hen harriers outside Buckingham Palace rather than Sandringham.

        • 9 Roger Daniels
          May 29, 2017 at 9:45 am

          All it needs is a local police force committed to stamping out these crimes and we might get somewhere?

    • 11 Dylanben
      May 28, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      But if you visit the moors around there with your dog, keep it on a short lead. There’s poison as well as flying lead to be wary of!

  6. May 29, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Meanwhile their propaganda backfires on themselves. Dear old Bert is demonstrating just how little he knows about moorland plants. Arse and elbow Bert!
    Mind you, the poor old soul is just regurgitating some drivel produced by shady online “experts” who go under the laughable title of “Game Shooting Instruction” . None of them know much about moorland ecology…..but some of them are very good at killing things. About time they were regulated.

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