The three images below show an injured Buzzard being treated by the South Essex Wildlife Hospital. The bird was found in a very weak state by the side of a road, and at the time was assumed to have been a road traffic casualty. After veterinary staff at the hospital had x-rayed the bird , the reason it wasn’t flying was obvious. Several shot gun pellets were lodged in its body, wing and leg. Vet tom removed as many as he could once the bird was strong enough for surgery. It is recovering on a stable and does seem much stronger now. We hope to release it soon but must be sure it is able to survive in the wild.