A couple of weeks ago Police on the island of Guernsey appealed for information (see here) after at least three peregrines had been found poisoned with ‘an unusual cocktail of banned pesticides’ in the previous 14 months and a fourth peregrine, found dead in June 2020, had been submitted for toxicology analysis which was delayed by Covid19.
Those toxicology results have now confirmed that the fourth peregrine was also poisoned by what have been described as ‘professional-use pesticides’ (see here). Another dead bird of prey (not identified in the local press), has been submitted for toxicology analysis after being found dead in July ‘under unusual circumstances’.
The names of the banned pesticides have not been revealed.
Sue Vidamour from the charity said:
“It’s a disgusting thing to do, to kill a beautiful animal like that for your own gain or for whatever reason is just outrageous.
Maybe somebody out there knows who it is but is reluctant to say but humans being humans it may just tip the balance and they’ll give a name.”
UPDATE 9th August 2020: £10,500 reward for info on four poisoned peregrines (here)