Buzzard found shot dead in North York Moors National Park

Yet another buzzard has been found shot dead in the North York Moors National Park according to a tweet by the brilliant Jean Thorpe, wildlife rehabber extraordinaire, on 5 June 2019:

“Shotgun shot buzzard Bransdale Moor, North Yorkshire. National Trust land. Any info please to PC Jez Walmsley, Wildlife crime officer Malton. Yet ANOTHER”.

The x-ray is a bit hard to comprehend, although the spine is clear as is at least one shotgun pellet.

We haven’t been able to find out any further information about this crime.

It’s not the first time raptors have been found illegally killed here. In 2010 a shot goshawk was found at Bransdale (see here) and a post mortem reportedly revealed it had also been poisoned (see here).

In 2012 a walker crossing the moorland in Bransdale found a dead sparrowhawk, also reported to have been shot (see here).

The National Trust owns the land in the valley in Bransdale, ‘surrounded by dramatic open moorland’ which has been described elsewhere as ‘the premier grouse shooting estate in the North York Moors area‘ and ‘one of the country’s most prolific grouse moors‘. Obviously it’s not known whether the buzzard was shot on National Trust property, or on the surrounding grouse moors, or even further further afield and then collapsed at Bransdale.

What is known is that this is yet another raptor persecution crime in North Yorkshire, inside the North York Moors National Park.

Why hasn’t this crime been publicised?

5 thoughts on “Buzzard found shot dead in North York Moors National Park”

  1. Much quicker public report than we are accustomed to, which is good.
    We seem to have quite a lot of people with guns who are clearly not suitable to be allowed that facility.

  2. This one’s frustrating for me because based on JTs brief description on twitter I think I know where this was found. It’s an out of the way area on the moorland edge that I’ve made a point of checking a few times, and never seen anything.

    Oh well, at least someone found it and it’s been brought to light.

  3. Why hasn’t this crime been publicised?

    At some point, individuals will start to decide to stay away from the NYMNP. Some of us may have already. Perhaps this thought bothers them?

  4. Went there once, almost as soon as I parked I was followed for ages along one of the tracks by two keepers in a land rover. I stopped they stopped eventually they passed me and I was given the hard stare and I slowly followed each time they got to a brow they stopped to watch, eventually they left and I walked on to the moor and looked at what I had come for ( plants) I suppose it was the binos they didn’t like.

  5. I’m not a defender of gamekeepers etc, I’m a wildlife vet, but on the basis of this x-ray, the bird could also have died as a result of lead ingestion (typically eating a pheasant or similar which has been non-fatally shot). Raptors are very sensitive to lead poisoning from ingested shot. Probably too decayed to make a definitive PM diagnosis

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