As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Birds of prey found dead in Hereford under suspicious circumstances

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a red kite and a buzzard were found dead, with a body of a pheasant between them in Hereford, on 20 August.

The three birds were found within feet of each other at a farm in Pontrilas and were taken to a vet by the farm’s owner.

The vets could find no obvious signs of injury or disease but it is thought that the deaths may be suspicious.

“Whilst we don’t know the exact causes of the deaths, it is very unusual to find dead birds like this so near to each other," said RSPCA inspector Sarah Chambers. 

“It may be that they were poisoned or that there was something in the pheasant that has then caused the deaths of the birds of prey if they tried to feed on it.”

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 not only is it illegal to kill or poison a wild bird and those responsible could face a maximum six months in prison and/or a £5,000 fine.

Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA inspectorate information line on 0300 123 8018.

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