Uplands losing birds of prey as buzzards, sparrowhawks and peregrine falcons are shot dead or poisoned
Cases of the illegal persecution of British birds are continuing to rise, according to the latest figures from the RSPB.
The Birdcrime report, published on Friday, shows there were 208 reports of the shooting and destruction of birds of prey in 2012, including confirmed shootings of 15 buzzards, five sparrowhawks and four peregrine falcons.
In the same year there were more than 70 reported poisoning incidents including nine buzzards and seven red kites, the report found. But the numbers of poisoning incidents has fallen in recent years, with 101 reports in 2011, 128 in 2010 and 153 in 2009.