, Ribble Valley reporter
A CHARITY organisation has called for better application of laws that protect UK birds, after illegal persecution continued.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is demanding more protection for birds of prey after the latest ‘Birdcrime’ report stated that our native birds are being prevented from recovering to their natural population levels.
The RSPB received 15 reports of bird of prey incidents in Lancashire and a further 179 nationwide.
These including the confirmed shooting of 34 buzzards, nine peregrines, three red kites and a hen harrier.
The report also documents 72 reported incidents of wildlife poisoning and pesticide-related offences, including 23 red kites, nine buzzards and four peregrine falcons.
These figures are believed to represent only a fraction of the illegal persecution in the UK, with many incidents thought to be going undetected and unreported.
Elliot Lorimer, a spokesman for the Forest of Bowland, said that bird species will not be able to last forever by being persecuted.