Goshawk found dead in suspicious circumstances on Chatsworth Estate

Goshawk Derbyshire spring trap April 2014The RSPB has posted a £1,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction following the discovery of a dead goshawk found in suspicious circumstances on Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire.

The dead female bird was found on the estate by a member of the public on 2nd April. A post-mortem revealed the bird had two broken legs, and that both breaks were in the same place – injuries that are consistent with being caught in a spring trap.

The bird had been fitted with a leg ring, showing it had hatched in 2003 in the Peak District National Park, 15km to the north of Chatsworth.

Derbyshire Constabulary and the RSPB are appealing for information.

For full details, including quotes from the RSPB, Derbyshire Constabulary and a Chatsworth Estate representative, see the article on the Derbyshire Constabulary website here.

5 thoughts on “Goshawk found dead in suspicious circumstances on Chatsworth Estate”

  1. Here’s a wee tip for anyone investigating this crime – try the xxxxxxx xxxxxxx

    A bird found with both legs broken is unlikely to have travelled any distance, but then again gamekeeping organisations might claim that it flew into a fence many miles from where it was found, and an exceedingly strong gust of wind enabled it to take off again, only to end up dead on an “innocent” shooting estate. Or we might get that other imbecilic theory that it was planted by the RSPB.

    [Ed: Thanks, Marco. Had to edit the first sentence as you’ll no doubt understand].

  2. Soldiers in trouble for photographing dead body of enemy out to kill them, ( see BBC News) but here, and elsewhere eg Malta and Africa, people kill living creatures ad infinitum for fun. Something’s very wrong somewhere.

  3. Can’t agree more with both previous respondents, but Linda has it on the nose; it’s either more of that “selective news management” that the BBC are so fond of, or it’s fear of offending the aristocracy/plutocracy that call the tune in this undemocratic country.

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