Police in Northern Ireland last week joined forces with officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the Health & Safety Executive (NI) to conduct a search of premises in one of the region’s most notorious raptor- poisoning blackspots.
The search focused on premises in the Drumbanagher area of Co. Armagh following the discovery of a Carbofuran-poisoned buzzard last October. The Drumbanagher/Poyntzpass area is known for its commercial game-shooting interests.
A dead cat was found during the search and has been sent for analysis.
We’ve blogged about this location before. Here’s the list of known (to us) victims:
2006: 1 x poisoned buzzard (type of poison unknown).
2008: 4 x poisoned buzzards (Alphachloralose).
2009: 2 x poisoned red kites (Alphachloralose). One bird survived, the other one didn’t.
2011: 1 x dead buzzard found under a hedge. Too decomposed for analysis.
2011: 3 x dead buzzards, suspected poisoning, but carcasses removed before police attendance. 1 x poisoned magpie (Alphachloralose).
2012: Another poisoned buzzard (Alphachloralose), reportedly the ’36th dead buzzard’ found in this area.
2014: 1 x poisoned buzzard (Carbofuran).
Article on last week’s police search from Farming Life here