There was some brilliant video footage posted on Twitter yesterday showing a rehabilitated Marsh harrier being released back in to the wild by the indefatigable Jean Thorpe (@jeanthorpeRR).
[Photo by Lower Derwent Valley National Nature Reserve]
From the information provided, it was reported that the Marsh harrier had suffered a broken wing caused by a shotgun pellet and was found injured next to a game-shooting estate near Scarborough.
The x-ray details suggest this was on 18th August 2019.
Expert veterinary care and rehabilitation by Mark Naguib of Battle Flatts Veterinary Clinic and Jean and this harrier was able to be released.
We haven’t seen any previous reports about the illegal shooting of this Marsh harrier, nor any police appeals for information.
[Jean releasing the harrier, photos by Lower Derwent Valley National Nature Reserve]
UPDATE 9 October 2019: North Yorkshire Police appeal for info after Marsh Harrier found shot near Scarborough (here)