Three peregrine falcons attacked in Shropshire.

Three peregrine falcons have had to be put down by a vets in the Telford area of Shropshire over the past fortnight after suffering serious injuries, officials said today.

[singlepic id=184 w=408 h=537 float= left] John Turner, chairman of the Shropshire Peregrine group, said it was possible the adult Peregrine falcons had been the victims of unprovoked attacks by yobs.

There are fewer than 20 breeding pairs of the bird in the county and Mr Turner said he feared more attacks in the coming weeks.

The latest attack happened in the Telford area on Tuesday, a day after a bird was found seriously injured at a site in the Wellington area.

The first reported incident happened in the Redhill area on October 30 and is being investigated by The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and police.

Mr Turner said: “In the past fortnight no fewer than three adult peregrine falcons have been found with serious injuries in and around the Telford area

“The injuries sustained, mainly damage to the birds’ wings, have unfortunately resulted in their having to be put down following a veterinary examination and X-ray.

“The cause of the injuries is unclear at the moment, however, it is possible that they were caused deliberately by human action.”

He added: “Shropshire has a small breeding population of fewer than 20 pairs of these magnificent birds of prey whose survival remains under threat.

“The fact that three birds have been lost in such a short space of time will have a significant and adverse impact on the county’s peregrine population.”

RSPB spokeswoman Fenella Gerry said the cause of the injuries was unclear, but vets had ruled out shooting or poisoning. “There is a suspicion of human intervention,” she added.

“From our perspective we are really concerned the birds have been targeted and we would urge the public to come forward if they have further information which would help us with our inquiries.”

 

9 comments to Three peregrine falcons attacked in Shropshire.

  • These are not the only Peregrines to be harmed in Shropshire, on Clee Hill a Peregrine was found tied to a fence with it’s wings out, like a crucifixion, the person who took photographs of the bird and says he is sure it is the work of pigeon fanciers and it has happened before, had promised me the info and photographs but has since been warned to keep quiet by the police, he was even taken to the police station, their excuse was that their was an ongoing investigation into the Peregrine persecution on Clee Hill which he could harm.
    Does anyone know anything about this at all?

    • nirofo

      What’s betting that the ongoing investigation by the police goes nowhere and the chance to display the photographs and information to the public in a timely fashion has been lost.

  • Jimmy

    People capable of such actions are a danger to society in general – their crimes need to be taken much more seriously by the authorities!!

  • paul williams

    Nirofo, It is a conveniently delayed cover up.

  • Paul

    Pigeon fanciers I imagine, never met a more brain-dead bunch of so-called Animal lovers…..

  • paul williams

    Telegraph…Robin Page..Time to prey on the predators, he wants licensing to cull sparrow hawks and buzzards

  • kate

    It’s time to ban pigeon racing. That’s who is to blame. Ignorant, uneducated pigeon racers with nothing useful to do with their time. If they put as much energy into saving species as they did to raising pigeons and keeping them imprisoned for their own jollies..imagine what a difference they could make. Instead they get their kicks out of racing birds that should be free and murdering a beautiful peregrine falcon.

  • Daniel Marsden

    Not aimed at anyone in particular at all, but let’s not throw mud at other parties when really it’s the minority spoiling it for the majority. Even if the latter is the other way around it is wrong to tar everyone with a passion with the same brush.

  • David

    Daniel Marsden
    November 23, 2011 at 7:40 pm · Reply
    Not aimed at anyone in particular at all, but let’s not throw mud at other parties when really it’s the minority spoiling it for the majority. Even if the latter is the other way around it is wrong to tar everyone with a passion with the same brush.

    Good post…..The voice of Reason