Further to the news that the RSPB and Wild Justice have put up a £10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person who shot five young goshawks and dumped their bodies at the edge of The King’s Wood in Suffolk on Monday (see here), the bird news service Rare Bird Alert has launched a crowdfunder to increase the reward.
Here’s the wording of the crowdfunder, that went live earlier this morning:
On Monday 16th January 2023 officers from Suffolk Constabulary discovered the bodies of five dead Goshawks in Kings Forest, Suffolk.
Police have revealed that x-ray examination has shown all five birds had been shot. Further investigations are on-going.
A reward of £10,000 has been offered by the RSPB and Wild Justice for information leading to a conviction in connection with the birds.
Rare Bird Alert is setting up this appeal to increase that reward. If the reward is not paid out after a determinate period of time then it will be donated to the RSPB Investigations team for their continuing fight against raptor persecution.
We will not be silenced by those who kill birds of prey.
Rare Bird Alert launched a similar fundraising appeal in 2015 after a rare Red-footed falcon was shot in Cambridgeshire (here), and that appeal raised over £2,700. It is hoped that this latest fundraiser provides the birding community with a constructive outlet for its anger at yet another appalling case of raptor persecution.
If you’d like to contribute, the crowdfunder page can be found here.