Shot peregrine successfully rehabbed and released back to wild

In May this year an eight-year-old female peregrine was found injured in the grounds of Selby Abbey suffering from being shot with a shotgun (see here).

North Yorkshire Police appealed for information and the peregrine was treated by specialist vets at Battle Flatts before being taken in to the expert care of the remarkable Jean Thorpe at Ryedale Wildlife Rescue.

One month on, the peregrine has recovered and has been successfully released back in to the wild at the Lower Derwent Valley National Nature Reserve:

Massive kudos and thanks to Jean and to the vets at Battle Flatts who are dealing with these victims time and time again. Some of the birds’ injuries are too severe for any hope of recovery but every now and then this dedicated team gets a win, like this one. All credit to them.

North Yorkshire Police are still investigating the circumstances of this latest crime (injured peregrine found 7th May 2021). If you have any information about this incident please call North Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting ref: 12210119786, or if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

7 thoughts on “Shot peregrine successfully rehabbed and released back to wild”

  1. Good news! Even better news will be the day that the services of wildlife rehabbers are no longer required to fix birds of prey that have been illegally shot but sadly we are still a way off that. Meanwhile, congratulations and thanks to all the people who ensured this particular peregrine got a second chance.

  2. Well done BUT….. how long will it last with the idiots still ont loose knowing they can get away with killing these birds and afford the paltry fines if they are unlucky enough to get caught.

    1. The release site seems a little strange. I know that there is more than one Derwent Valley in England, and hope that it isn’t the Derwent Valley in the Peak district as this is a known raptor persecution hotspot (as the previous story on RPUK shows)

  3. Fantastic effort on part of all involved, and a great reward for them, but there really needs to be far more effort at a societal effort to quash this pointless cruelty to wildlife, livestock and domestic pets. I hope it’s diminished since my childhood, but there’s still far too much casual violence directed at either fur or feather, and it became emboldened during lock down.

  4. I applaud the effort make but sadly suspect this bird will either be picked up shortly (I hope) or will die a slow death from starvation for the simple reason, forgetting any underline tissue and nerve damage from being shot, that after a few weeks in captivity she is unfit. This is far too common an occurrence with the rehab of birds of prey.

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