Further to the news last weekend that the van Cutsem’s Hilborough Estate in Norfolk was at the centre of a police investigation into alleged raptor persecution (here), and then the follow-up news yesterday that an illegally-set trap had been found in woodland and two men had been found there in possession of five pigeons and a police-style baton (here), there’s now a bit more detail to add to this story.
The BBC News website is reporting that ‘a bird of prey was illegally caught in a trap baited with a live pigeon’ (news article here).
The rest of the BBC News article is just a regurgitation of what has previously been reported.
There isn’t any detail about the raptor species that was trapped, nor its fate, nor any information about who was responsible for operating the trap.
I expect more information to be revealed in the very near future.