Buzzards found poisoned & decapitated in Co Cork

Reported on BirdWatch Ireland’s facebook page on 24 April 2018, news of three dead buzzards found in a field at Ring, near Clonakilty, Co Cork.

The birds were found in January and collected by staff from the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) to be sent for post-mortem. X-rays showed no sign of lead shot but two of the buzzards had missing heads and one had a missing leg.

Toxicology results have revealed high levels of the highly toxic pesticide Carborfuran as well as two rodenticides.

The NPWS is investigating and calling for information.

More details on the BirdGuides website (here).

Photo of the dead buzzards in evidence bags [photo by NPWS]

2 Responses to “Buzzards found poisoned & decapitated in Co Cork”

  1. 1 David Mitchell
    April 27, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Come on Irish birders surely you have something to say about this ?

  2. April 29, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    The missing heads are a worry – could this be a sign that someone is paying bounty for heads/beaks as at least one major scottish estate was still doing in the 1980s?

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