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.

Thursday 16 May 2019

Investigation into shooting of rare birds in the Borders

26th April
POLICE are appealing for information after the illegal shooting of rare birds of prey in the Borders.
On February 14, a member of the public discovered a dead goshawk on land near Abbey Saint Bathens, Duns, and reported the matter to the RSPB.
Forensic analysis of the bird was undertaken, and it was established that it had been shot.
Police were then contacted on Thursday, April 25.
The news comes after the shooting of another goshawk in the Peebles area on March 2.
Inquiries into both shootings are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to come forward.
Wildlife Crime Co-Ordinator, Constable Steven Irvine, said: "Inquiry was already underway into the shooting of the goshawk in March and we are now conducting inquiries into the earlier shooting of the bird in February.
"These birds are a protected species and unlawfully killing them is a very serious offence.
"Anyone who can assist with these investigations should contact police immediately."
Ian Thomson, RSPB Scotland’s Head of Investigations said “Goshawks are one of Scotland’s rarest breeding raptors, with only about 150 breeding pairs.
“Despite the fact that most of their diet consists of crows, woodpigeons and rabbits, species that are perceived as pests by some farmers and gamekeepers, cases of illegal persecution against this species are not uncommon, depriving people of the opportunity to see this charismatic and spectacular bird of prey.
"We join with the police in asking that if anyone has information about this crime, or other raptor persecution incidents, they contact Police Scotland.”

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