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 25 March 2019

Walkers urged to report cruelty to wild birds and animals after owl shot dead on moors

Tawny owl was blasted with shotgun and stuffed in a wall
09:55, 10 MAR 2019
Walkers and ramblers on moors above the Holme Valley are being encouraged to report suspected wildlife persecution.
A tawny owl was shot dead on Wessenden Head and Digley Moor at Holmfirth in September. The bird of prey was discovered with shotgun wounds inflicted at close range before it was stuffed into a wall.
Jaw-like traps had also been set to eradicate native stoats and weasels, with one containing the decomposing remains of a targeted wild animal, said conservation group Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors (BBYM).
The group wants action and spokesman Luke Steele said: “Walkers are in a unique position to help protect wildlife on Yorkshire Water’s moors where suspected persecution is encountered.
“This may include finding injured animals in traps or snares, birds of prey which have been shot or individuals simply acting suspiciously.
 “We urge those who visit Yorkshire Water’s moorland to familiarise themselves with the signs of wildlife persecution, then come forward with any suspected incidents.
“It’s a grim reality that wildlife is being wiped out by trap, snare and gun on some of the region’s most popular moorlands to boost red grouse numbers for shooting.”
An interactive map showing locations of traps and snares on the utility company’s moorland has been published by BBYM to warn visitors of their whereabouts.
The wildlife organisation has also released a practical guide detailing how to detect and report wildlife persecution. Any suspected wildlife persecution can be reported to Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors at

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