The RSPB Investigations Team is reporting the discovery of a shot Marsh harrier.
This bird was discovered critically injured on the river bank near Barton-upon-Humber in North Lincolnshire on 9th September 2018. A dog walker reported it to the RSPCA and it was also reported to the police. An RSPCA officer took the harrier to the East Winch Wildlife Centre near Boston where an x-ray revealed it had been shot. The bird later died from its injuries.
[Photo by RSPCA]
Humberside Police investigated but were unable to identify the criminal responsible.
If anyone has any information relating to this incident, call Humberside Police on 101 quoting crime reference number 16/115793/18.
Further details on the RSPB Investigations blog here
And let’s not forget (as several people did) the grouse shooting industry’s interest in obtaining licences to kill Marsh harriers to prevent the so-called ‘disruption’ of driven grouse shoots.