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.

Monday, 8 February 2016

£1,000 reward offered after birds of prey are killed in Peak District

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.

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