It was sad news indeed today when I read that the rare and protected Red Footed Falcon that I and many other wildlife enthusiasts had visited and enjoyed was found dead in Cambridgeshire. It had been shot!
I paid this magnificent bird a visit when it was in Stoke and spent an enjoyable few hours watching and photographing it. Details of that memorable day in July are here.
The Young male falcon was found dead near Whittlesey,Cambridgeshire. It had been shot with a shotgun.
The RSPB is offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to the identification of the person who shot the bird, while Suffolk Police said it was still an active investigation.
It is sickening that someone could shoot such a rare and beautiful bird.
This type of wildlife crime is not an isolated incident and more people need to be aware of the type of wildlife crime being committed, what to look out for, and how and where to report it.
Birders Against Wildlife Crime (BAWC) is an independent, volunteer-led, campaign group set up in 2014 by a group of experienced birders and conservationists who just like you are sick of the number of crimes being committed against wildlife.
Their aim is to fight back, by
1) making the processes of Recognising, Recording, and Reporting wildlife crime as easy as possible (an initiative they term ‘the Three Rs’),
2) putting ‘eyes in the field’
3) highlighting how much wildlife crime takes place and what ‘the public’ really think about it.
Visit their website and if you can, donate to their worthy campaign to bring the perpetrators of such sickening wildlife crime to justice.
I will be making my donation to BAWC and I urge anyone who finds these crimes against wildlife as abhorrent as I do to try and do the same.