By JBayley_DT | Posted: February 03, 2016
The RSPB is offering a £1,000 reward following the illegal killing of two birds of prey in Derbyshire.
A dead osprey was found near Glossop last September. A post mortem revealed that both its legs had been recently broken, injuries which were consistent with it being caught in a spring trap prior to its death.
Ospreys are rare visitors to the Peak District and this one would have been on migration to West Africa.
A few days later a buzzard was found shot dead close to Hurst Reservoir, close to where the osprey was found. This follows the shooting of another buzzard in the same area in March 2014.
RSPB Investigations Officer Alan Firth said: "Yet again, we are seeing the senseless killing of fantastic birds of prey in the National Park."
Last year, the RSPB published its annual Birdcrime Report 2014, which revealed Derbyshire as one of the worst places in the UK for bird of prey persecution. In 2014, the RSPB received 16 reports of bird of prey incidents in the county including a shot buzzard, a shot sparrowhawk and an illegally trapped goshawk.