Archive for the '2020 persecution incidents' Category


Shot buzzard found in Peak District National Park

A critically injured buzzard was found at Rushup Edge, near Mam Tor in the Peak District National Park on 13th January 2020.

A veterinary examination revealed shot in the body and a broken wing. Unfortunately due to the extent of its injuries the buzzard had to be euthanised.

Derbyshire Police’s Rural Crime Team issued this appeal for information on Facebook yesterday:

Without any further detail (like seeing an x-ray) it’s not possible to gauge the extent of the buzzard’s injuries and thus estimate how far it might have been able to fly before becoming grounded. However, with a broken wing it’s probably safe to assume that it didn’t fly very far from the area where it was found:

It should be shocking that a protected species has been found illegally shot inside a protected area (a National Park). However, this is the UK, where birds of prey are routinely targeted and killed inside National Parks, and especially inside this one – the Peak District National Park is a notorious hotspot for illegal raptor persecution.

On and on it goes.


Buzzard found shot in Northumberland

An injured buzzard was found by a member of the public near Acklington, Northumberland on 4 January 2020. It was grounded by the entrance to the Rigg & Furrow Brewery at Acklington Park Farm.

It was transferred to Blyth Wildlife Rescue where x-rays revealed shotgun pellets in both wings. The location of the shooting is unknown.

[Photos via Jane Hardy]

The buzzard is still undergoing treatment and assessment at the rescue centre.



Kestrel shot in Gloucestershire

Just three days ago we blogged about a kestrel that had been found shot in Huddersfield (see here), one of several shot kestrels in the UK in recent years (e.g. see herehereherehere and here).

Here’s another one.

This time the kestrel has had to be euthanised in Gloucestershire after suffering devastating injuries.

He was seen falling to the ground by two members of the public immediately after they heard the shot. The kestrel was taken to Vale Wildlife Hospital but his injuries were catastrophic.

[Photos from Vale Wildlife Hospital]

This incident happened at around 4pm on January 12 on Strawberry Hill on Tewkesbury Hill and Ford House Lane just outside Newent in the Forest of Dean.

Rural and Wildlife Crime Officer PC Cath McDay said: “Someone has broken the law in shooting this protected bird of prey, which sadly could not be saved. This is unacceptable behaviour and I’m asking for anyone with information to contact police.”

Contact the police on tel 101 and quote reference #196 (13 Jan) or contact the RSPB on 01767 680551 or fill in their  crime form anonymously.


Kestrel found shot in Huddersfield

A kestrel was found shot in the Hade Edge area of Huddersfield, Yorkshire on Saturday 18th January 2020. It has been rescued and is currently undergoing treatment at Meltham Wildlife Rescue.

[Photos from West Yorkshire Police Wildlife Crime Officer PC Newsome, on Twitter as @WYP_CNewsome]

Well done to this police wildlife crime officer for getting the news out so quickly. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police on Tel 101 and quote reference #13200032608.

You have to wonder what sort of moron takes a shot at a kestrel. Sadly it’s not the first – see here, here, here, here and here and it most definitely won’t be the last.

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