Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Reward Offered after Rare Bird Shot

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Reward Offered after Rare Bird Shot

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A REWARD of pounds 1,000 is on offer for information leading to a conviction after a rare bird was shot in County Durham.

The marsh harrier, of which there are fewer than 400 breeding pairs in the UK, was shot just west to the village of Bowes, near Barnard Castle.

Local police were informed of the incident by a retired vet who lives in the area, and who has nursed the bird back to health. The harrier had been found by a passer-by. The bird was in poor health and X-rays showed it had gunshot in each of its wings and also in one leg. It is thought the harrier was injured three to four weeks ago.

Now the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is offering the reward to catch the culprit.

The marsh harrier typically breeds in lowland wetland and farmland habitats and will take a wide variety of prey. Most of the population is based in eastern and south east England with a few pairs also breeding on the east coast in Scotland.

The species does not breed in County Durham though is recorded on passage through the county every year. …

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