Peregrine falcon found shot near Preston released back into the wild

Peregrine falcon
The falcon was taken back to the location where it was found

A last years fledged immatute male peregrine falcon found shot in the wing just outside Preston has recovered and has now been released back into the wild.

The peregrine falcon was discovered with a broken wing by a walker in a field near a local shoot in Salwick near Preston in January. Two additional peregrines were also shot, one near Blackpool in 2001, and a third peregrine was found shot to death on moorland in 2007 just a few miles to the north west of Preston. No prosections were brought in either of the earlier shootings.

It was nursed back to health by a bird sanctuary with help from Lancashire Police’s wildlife officer Mark Thomas.

He said an investigation has been carried out and shooting activity in the area will continue to be monitored.

After a health check from the vet, the falcon was taken back to the location where it was found and released back into the wild.

Falconer Ray Balch, from Turbary Woods Bird Sanctuary, said: “It was great to release the bird back out in the wild and it was a real sense of achievement for all the hard work.”

2 comments to Peregrine falcon found shot near Preston released back into the wild

  • Peter Williams

    You forgot to inform your readers about the 3 peregrines found shot to death in 2011 just 20 minutes from Preston at a quarry above the Bolton Football ground. No one should be too surprised that those responsible for this outrage were never caught.

  • skydancer

    We can only hope this bird does not head for the Bowland fells, chances are if this happens it will be shot again.