The RSPB has published its 2018 Bird Crime Report.
Among the unwelcome statistics are those on raptors: 41 shootings, 28 poisonings, 16 trappings and 2 ‘other’ offences – a total of 87 crimes against some of our most threatened and charismatic wild bird species.
For the North Pennines, the ‘Raptor persecution hub map’ records 2 new incidents for 2018, a red kite shooting near Muggleswick and what we understand to be the attempted shooting of a short-eared owl on our southern boundary with North Yorkshire. To this we can add the two confirmed buzzard shootings near Whitley Chapel and at Blanchland earlier this year.
You can read the full RSPB 2018 Bird Crime Report at http://bit.ly/2Hx15Ma
You can see more about recording sightings, and suspected raptor crimes, here