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Friday, 20 November 2020

Horror as a Buzzard was shot from the sky near Northward Hill

Horror as a Buzzard was shot from the sky near Northward Hill

On 10 October 2020, members of the public out walking stopped to watch a buzzard in flight, on land adjoining the south-west boundary of the RSPB's Northward Hill reserve near High Halstow. One of them started filming it on a mobile phone when they suddenly heard a loud shot, and the bird crumpled and fell from the sky before their eyes.

An x-ray of the body revealed that the bird had four pieces of shot lodged in its wing, shoulder and leg. The injury to the wing, which had caused the break, was consistent with the timing of the recent witnessed shooting. However, three of the pellets were older, indicating that the bird had been shot before on an earlier occasion.

Police have spoken with a man in connection with the incident.

All birds of prey are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. To intentionally kill or injure one is a criminal offence and could result in an unlimited fine or up to six months in jail. Yet according to the RSPB's recent Birdcrime report, there were 85 confirmed incidents of bird of prey persecution in the UK in 2019 - with many more likely to have gone undetected. More buzzards were the object of persecution in 2019 than any other raptor species.

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