Pair of breeding peregrines suspected poisoned, 3 chicks rescued

A pair of breeding peregrines has been found dead at a quarry in Clee Hill, Shropshire, leaving three vulnerable chicks in the nest.

Thanks to the swift actions of the Shropshire Peregrine Group, the RSPB and others, the three chicks have been rescued and are currently receiving expert care from the amazing Jean Thorpe. It is hoped they will be placed in foster nests early next week.

RSPB Investigations Officer Tim Jones has written a blog about this case here

Clee Hill is a notorious blackspot for raptor persecution. Two peregrines were poisoned here in 2010, another was found poisoned in 2011 and another was found poisoned in 2015 (see here). Tests revealed all four had been illegally poisoned with Diazinon.

Photos from the latest incident (RSPB)

35 Responses to “Pair of breeding peregrines suspected poisoned, 3 chicks rescued”

  1. 1 Marion Weston
    June 4, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Just despicable! Shame on those responsible! Thank goodness the young have been rescued!

  2. 2 Tony Dickinson
    June 4, 2017 at 10:45 am

    More senseless murder by inhuman morons. Find them and then prosecute them. Jail is the only place for people like that.

  3. 3 Simon Tucker
    June 4, 2017 at 11:05 am

    On a different thread about a similar subject on Facebook, an ex-member of the CPS told me that they will not prosecute wildlife crime unless in exceptional circumstances, because since 2010 they are horrendously under-staffed and have set priorities, with crimes against the person at the top and wildlife crime coming a long way dfown the list. You know how to vote on Thursday.

    • 4 Chris Roberts
      June 4, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Yes I know who to vote for – the one party that will keep my country of Great Britain intact. As for the scum that keep killing our wildlife – jail them

      • 5 Marco McGinty
        June 5, 2017 at 12:56 am

        Chris, I truly hope you don’t mean the Conservative Party, because if this lot are given a free rein, post-Brexit, then I hate to think what they’ll have planned to “protect” bloodsports.

        You can be against Scottish Independence, or the SNP, if you want, but I’m going to state here and now, that if any conservationist, or animal lover votes Tory, then as far as I am concerned, you are complicit where raptor persecution is concerned, and every bit as guilty as the scum that carry out the killing.

      • 6 J .Coogan
        June 5, 2017 at 9:58 am

        What is wrong wrong with you people? she wants to bring back fox hunting for god sake , doesn’t that give you a clue as to their mind set?

    • 7 Mike Haden
      June 4, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      Unfortunately the majority of England think not wanting to start a nuclear war is so how a weak leader. I hope I’m wrong.

  4. 8 Steph Aindow
    June 4, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Utterly distrusted! What is the matter with these people?!

  5. 9 Chris
    June 4, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Why are people here constantly making this party political? None of the political parties will be any better or worse in respect of wildlife crime. The reality of under funding, and prioritizing is a real issue here, and it isn’t going to change in the immediate future, whoever forms a government. Some in opposition might speak fine words, but the reality will be different. The only way to make it more of a priority is to keep up public pressure by constantly highlighting the facts as they are available to make it a political hot potato. This does appear to finally be turning the tide.

  6. 10 Peter Shearer
    June 4, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Many people make it political because it is political! If our politicians want to deal with it, they can.And if they choose not to, many of us want to let them know about that by the way we vote.It is quite clear that the Tories are the least likely to tackle this issue, as most of the people we are fighting against are their party supporters. If you watched the debate re banning driven grouse shooting-you can be in no doubt!

    • 11 Dylanben
      June 4, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      Peter is spot on here on all counts! It clearly is political! The baying horde on the Tory benches at the DGS ‘debate’ demonstrated what we are up against and how far we have to go to achieve anything of significance. Labour disappointed me in their turnout for the debate. Here was a real opportunity for them to get stuck in, but it was left to a handful of lady MPs to try to support the petition. They did their best, but were simply overwhelmed by the biassed brigade opposite, complete with their CA hymn-sheets.

  7. June 4, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    My blood is boiling😡😡😡
    Fucking bastards!

  8. June 4, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    I didn’t think peregrines could be poisoned as I thought they only ate prey they has caught – not carcasses laced with poison?
    I think I might need to come off this site as I am getting too angry…

    • 14 Dylanben
      June 4, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      They can! It could have been prey which they’d caught earlier and stored in a food cache. Someone with ill-intentions had then discovered it and had laced it with poison before the adults fed it to their young.. I’m aware of such a case from many years ago. The young unfledged Peregrines died of alpha-chloralose poisoning though the adults survived, probably either not having eaten any themselves or insufficient to have done them serious harm.

      • June 4, 2017 at 11:37 pm

        Thanks for raising my awareness Dylanben. It is unbelievably sickening what these people are doing.

      • 16 J .Coogan
        June 5, 2017 at 10:10 am

        Have I missed something here? It was the adults who were poisoned and the chicks survived, your talking pish

        • 17 Dylanben
          June 5, 2017 at 11:55 am

          I don’t know what you mean when you say ‘your (sic) talking pish’!. However, if it is meant to be a derogatory term, then it is you who are guilty of it. The point was whether Peregrines would feed on something which they hadn’t just caught. In this case they could have sourced the pigeon from a food cache and fed on it themselves – just one of several possible explanations. In the case I referred to they fed it to their chicks. Don’t see why you have an issue with this! Seems perfectly straightforward to me.

    • 18 Marco McGinty
      June 6, 2017 at 2:42 am

      It could also be tethered live prey, covered in poison. Some nice, caring pigeon fanciers will use this method.

      • 19 J .Coogan
        June 6, 2017 at 11:40 am

        Exactly, this has been used before,the adult is poisoned by ingesting meat /feathers but cant carry prey to young so they are not effected .Cruel in so many ways , firstly the decoy bird then the adult then the chicks left to starve .These are the kind of people we are up against.

      • 20 Shaun
        June 6, 2017 at 10:15 pm

        Why are you blaming pigeon fanciers ?

  9. 22 chris lock
    June 4, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Keepers’ at work, catching them is the hard bit, when they do get caught they only get a slap on the wrist.

  10. 23 Jimmy
    June 4, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    I crave the day when such filthy scum no longer walk among us

  11. 24 Paul V Irving
    June 4, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    I find it truly terrible that this crime continues unabated and that there are those among us who think there is no difference between the political parties on wildlife crime and the environment in general. If you care anything about such issues then on Thursday use your vote wisely, that means voting for the party most likely to beat the bloody Tories where you are, the party with the poorest current environmental record, the party that won’t give us vicarious liability in England nor General licence withdrawal and the party that thinks unrestricted grouse shooting is OK.

  12. 26 dave angel
    June 5, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Is this as likely to have been done by pigeon fanciers as gamekeepers?

  13. 28 Mark Lund
    June 5, 2017 at 8:47 am

    I begin to wonder if, given the low priority and lack of success in prosecutions, (look at the recent case thrown out in Scotland,) some dedicated teams should get the intelligence we know is there, and have a quiet word with the individuals directly. There is no justification and if the authorities dont have the resources, and lets face it they will be stretched in the current climate, it may be up to others to ‘assist’.
    This kind of language will be unacceptable to many, myself included under normal circumstances, but I am getting sick of reading about these killings, and others involving other wildlife, and feel pretty useless just reading about it.

  14. 29 Peter
    June 5, 2017 at 9:57 am

    With regard to politicians I see three types. First those that are aggressive in their approach, second, those that say and do nothing and thirdly those that spout fine words and still do nothing. They are pretty much the same. A quote from Gerald Durrell sums things up.
    “Small bands of underpaid and overworked individuals are fighting a battle against public apathy and political and big business chicanery. By and large people are only apathetic because they do not realise what is going on, but the most dangerous part of the problem is political apathy because it is only at the top level that you can get things done. Most politicians would not risk their careers for the sake of conservation, because firstly they don’t think that it is important, and secondly they treat all conservationists with the disregard that they would display to an elderly spinster’s ravings over her pet peke.” Gerald Durrell 1970.
    Nothing changes

    • 30 dave angel
      June 5, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      ‘With regard to politicians I see three types.’


      And which type would you say Barry Gardiner is?

    • June 5, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      We could make this a Python sketch.
      But seriously i know of at least one more category and from what i have seen it might be representative of a substantial percentage: those that care but are gullible enough to believe the grouse lobby because for most people the grousers lies and spin are just inconceivable from such a so-called respectable group.

  15. 33 Les Wallace
    June 5, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Given that peregrines are being featured on Springwatch I really hope they cover this incident to show the sickening persecution, but also the competence and commitment of the people involved in protecting BOPs Tim Jones and Jean Thorpe especially.

  16. 34 Roger Daniels
    June 5, 2017 at 10:02 am

    More Raptors poisoned because they know they can get away with it with no fear of prosecution. Labour have committed to upholding the law regarding these atrocities and even strengthen the law?

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