Two marsh harriers and a red kite poisoned: late appeal for info

The RSPB and two county police forces have put out an appeal for information following the discovery of a poisoned pair of Marsh Harriers and a Red Kite.

According to the press release (see here), the two breeding Marsh Harriers were discovered in April on land adjacent to the RSPB’s Nene Washes Nature Reserve in Cambridgeshire. The Red Kite was discovered in Old Leake, Boston, Lincolnshire in May. Toxicology analyses showed that all three birds had been poisoned with the banned pesticide Aldicarb.

So here we are again, a ridiculously late appeal for information, seven and six months respectively after the birds had been found. Further more, according to the press release, the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) who funds the toxicology testing programme has already declared the two cases closed!

It seems there is more to these cases than meets the eye. Rumour has it that these cases have not been thoroughly investigated due to a lack of police resources. If that’s true, then why weren’t other agencies drafted in to help? Where’s all the much-heralded ‘partnership working’?

And why the bloody hell are appeals for information still coming so late? Every single bloody time it’s the same old story. What’s the point? Why is it so difficult to get these investigations right? That will be a question we’ll be posing in due course (and you can, too) to the newly-appointed ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) lead on Wildlife and Rural Crime, Chief Constable Simon Prince (from Wales). Watch this space.

In the meantime, we had a look at the quarterly poisoning results published by the CRD’s Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (see here). Have a look and see how many confirmed poisoning cases you can spot in England and Wales between Jan – June 2013 that have not been publicised in the media.

It seems the influence of The Untouchables spreads far and wide throughout these isles.

Here are the two poisoned Marsh Harriers

Marsh Harriers poisoned Nene 2013

And here is the poisoned Red Kite

RK poisoned Lincoln 2013

20 thoughts on “Two marsh harriers and a red kite poisoned: late appeal for info”

    1. No it doesnt…I’ve heard gamekeepers describe poisoning as “the lazy man’s method of vermin control”.Mind you, that was back in the 1980s, my impression is that things have got worse, we never used to see chemicals like aldicarb [mentioned here] or carbofuran.
      If you leave poisoned baits out in the open its amazing what gets killed..sometimes secondary poisoning when predators eat an earlier victim. There is no such thing as safe poisoning.

  1. It’s the long running saga of old boys act, you know, make it go away and keep these nuisance, (read pain in the arse) environmental wallahs off my back and I’ll make sure you’re alright. NOD, NOD, WINK, WINK !!!

  2. Has anyone noticed that very few Buzzards were reported to have died of starvation outside of Scotland? In fact there are more Buzzard deaths due to starvation in Grampian alone than England, Wales and Northern Ireland combined.

  3. It is only a matter of time before one of these poisons gets interferred with by a child, and I wonder what the effects will then be by the lazy way these crimes have been dealt with. It is about time the public had a greater awareness of what goes on; or the lack of what goes on.

  4. Any estate where poisoned birds are found should be banned from shooting for that season. Desperate times calls for desperate measures!

    1. It would be great, wouldn’t it ? Cracking idea. Boy would we see all these poisoning cases vanish instantly. Probably far more of a deterrent than hefty fines or jail terms, were they to be in effect . . .

      1. On the contrary you would see them increase as there are plenty of people who would like to see shooting estates closed down so you would see the same frozen buzzard start turning up all over scotland!

            1. Firstly, I am quite sure that if there was to be an investigation of any sort involving a dead raptor, the carcass would be removed for testing, defeating your “same frozen buzzard” theory.

              Secondly, how many times has someone planted a dead raptor on an estate, in an attempt to secure a conviction, and do you have any evidence to support your claim?

              1. Grouseman, once again you have failed to provide any supporting evidence for your claim. Shall I assume that your statement was yet another shooting lobby lie?

        1. With the amount of Buzzards regularly illegally killed by the shooting fraternity and their gamekeepers I wouldn’t be at all surprised to discover a corpse anywhere in the country, frozen or otherwise! People don’t need to plant dead Raptors as incriminating evidence anywhere, there are already plenty out there illegally killed with poison baits or by shooting or trapping just waiting to be found.

  5. Yes same old story the police can’t make a quick buck on it like they can out of the motorist so it’s not worth investigating spears it’s too much like hard work for them to pay attention to things like this poisoning of wild raptors

    1. He may have been spot on in your belief, but once again he could not provide any supporting evidence for his statement. This is another case of someone involved with the shooting industry being prepared to believe deliberate lies, rather than evidence or science. You are easily fooled.

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