Rare birds of prey poisoning appeal stepped up

AN APPEAL to find those responsible for poisoning and killing rare birds of prey has been stepped up.

Two red kites were found poisoned in Hexton and Pegsdon - less than one mile apart - earlier this year.

The rare birds, which at one point were on the verge of national extinction, were poisoned with a highly toxic and banned pesticide.

An appeal was recently launched to catch those responsible following tests and investigations, but no-one has yet been arrested or convicted.

Speaking to the Comet this week, the RSPB said that it was still looking to bring the culprit to justice, and would welcome any information leading to this.

A spokesman said: “We are still appealing for information.

“This is an important area for red kites, being on the edge of the Chilterns. If they are being threatened, which we believe in this area they are, I think it’s something that Comet readers can help with.”

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It is suspected that both poisoned birds had been feeding on carrion placed in the countryside and illegally laced with the chemical.

A �1,000 reward is being offered to whoever can provide information which will lead to a conviction.

Red kites are on the Amber List species, which means they had a historical decline but are now recovering.

If you think have any information, contact the RSPB on 01767 680551.