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.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Cumbria one of worst spots in country for 'bird crime', says charity

First published 09:07 Wednesday 5 November 2014 in Newsby Katie Dickinson

THE RSPB has issued a plea for the shooting community to ‘clean up its act’ as figures reveal Cumbria is one of the worst counties in England for ‘bird crime’.

A report released by the charity showed that in 2013 there were 164 reports in the UK of illegal killings of birds of prey – including shootings, poisonings and pesticide-related offences.

Cumbria, Lancashire and North Yorkshire were among the top hotspots for the incidents in England.

The RSPB believes that reported incidents are just ‘the tip of the iceberg’, as the crimes tend to take place in remote areas and go undetected and unreported.

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