The buzzard that was found shot near Shipton in North Yorkshire on 29 March 2020 (see yesterday’s blog, here) is now in the care of wildlife rehabber extraordinaire Jean Thorpe.
Jean’s no stranger to having to rehabilitate birds of prey – she lives in the county that has a consistent record of hosting more annual raptor persecution crimes than any other county in England, mostly on land managed for grouse, pheasant and partridge shooting.
She’s been tweeting about the latest victim, the shot buzzard:
She’s also been making some videos to document the buzzard’s treatment. She told us she didn’t want this buzzard to be lost as ‘just another statistic’ but rather wanted people to see it as an individual bird.
The first video has been posted on Jean’s Facebook page. You don’t need to be a Facebook user to watch it here
Jean’s Facebook post:
What this video actually does is demonstrate the extraordinary skill, care and attention required to help just one injured bird. Imagine doing this, as a volunteer, for countless birds and other wildlife, every single day.
Presumably we’ll be hearing in due course about the three other raptor victims currently in Jean’s care.
If you are on Facebook, or on Twitter, please go and support her and show her your appreciation.