PUBLISHED: November 10, 2015 07:59
A peregrine falcon found dead in a quarry on Clee Hill was poisoned, it has been confirmed.
The male bird found in June was poisoned by diazinon, according to toxicology tests.
Two chicks were found dead in the nest and a female falcon went missing from the area after the body of the bird was found.
The news has been branded an “absolute disgrace” by a member of Shropshire Peregrine Group. It comes after three peregrines, which are a protected species, were also found poisoned in the same area in 2010 and 2011.
John Turner, the group’s co-ordinator, said: “This is yet another tragic incident at this site.
“The female parent also disappeared and we are concerned she may have also been poisoned.
“The situation was made even worse as the two chicks in the nest also died with the loss of the parents.”
The group and the RSPB have offered a £1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of anyone found to have been involved in the poisoning.