WARNING– This article contains a photograph of a Buzzard with horrific injuries.
This is yet one more example of how intolerant some members of society are towards Birds of Prey. This Buzzard was found by a member of the public who then telephoned the RSPB Investigations Team. The bird was subsequently taken to a veterinary surgeon by one of the Investigation Officers. Unfortunately the injuries sustained by the bird were so severe that it had to be euthanised.
When a post mortem was carried out it transpired that the Buzzard had been shot on a previous occasion and had survived only to be shot a second time.
The northern Peak District is a well-known blackspot for the shooting, trapping and poisoning of birds of prey. In 2018, a rock climber witnessed a Red Kite being shot near Saddleworth and later in the year a Tawny Owl and a Short-eared Owl were found shot near Wessenden Head.
If you have any information relating to this incident:
- contact Greater Manchester Police on 101
- you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously telephone 0800 555111.
- if you find a wild bird of prey which you suspect has been illegally killed, contact RSPB Investigations on 01767 680551
8 June 2020