Video footage has emerged, filmed in mid-September, of two primitive and illegal traps that had been set inside a pheasant pen in woodland near the village of Chelmarsh, just south of Bridgnorth, Shropshire.
One of the traps had been triggered and had caught a buzzard. The other trap had been baited with a dead pheasant but had not been triggered.
[Screen grab from the video, showing the trapped buzzard inside the illegal trap]
[A photo of the second illegal trap, baited with the dead pheasant. The map shows the location:
The trapped buzzard was released by a member of the public and subsequent covert video evidence shows a man entering the pheasant pen, attending the trap and removing all evidence of it.
I understand that a report has been made to the police.
There is a write-up about this criminal activity on the Hunt Saboteurs Association website (here), where it is claimed the man attending the trap is a gamekeeper. I don’t have any information that can support or refute that claim.
The video can be watched here: