Shot red kite successfully rehabilitated and released in Essex

Last month I blogged about a red kite that had been found injured with shotgun injuries in Galleywood Lane, Chelmsford, Essex (see here and here).

The kite was picked up by concerned members of the public and taken to the South Essex Wildlife Hospital for treatment.

[Photo of the kite by South Essex Wildlife Hospital]

After four weeks of expert care and rehabilitation, this red kite was released back to the wild last week. Well done to all the team at South Essex Wildlife Hospital.

Essex Police are still investigating the circumstances of this illegal shooting and if anyone has any information please contact Wildlife Crime Officer PC Jed Raven on Tel 101 and quote reference number 42/265786/21.

Please note, this police investigation is one of two separate incidents concerning dead red kites. The other one relates to the discovery of a dead red kite that had been found in suspicious circumstances in the Uttlesford area of Essex earlier in November (here).

4 thoughts on “Shot red kite successfully rehabilitated and released in Essex”

  1. It must take one hell of a lot of commitment and skill to take in an injured wild bird of any species and nurse it back to health, I’m in awe of those that have done this. Well done and thanks!

  2. Totally agree with the last comment and wish to acknowledge same . Thank you for your skills and dedication

  3. Wonderful news to read for a change and thank you to all those with the skill and commitment at South Essex Wildlife Hospital to save the precious red kite so that it can be seen again soaring over the Essex countryside

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