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Birds of prey still at risk in the South West

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Birds of prey are still at risk in the South West, according to a new report.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is now calling on the Government to do more to protect species like red kites, buzzards and peregrine falcons.

Last year, 68 confirmed incidents were reported in the UK with birds being shot, poisoned or trapped.

Three of those were in the South West where a female peregrine was found in Tavistock with a piece of bullet lodged in its shoulder.

A buzzard was also shot in Devon and a sparrowhawk in Bristol, putting the ongoing recovery of some of these species at risk.

A buzzard like this was shot in Devon in 2017. Credit: RSPB

However, the charity says this is just the tip of the iceberg and many illegal killings are still going undetected or unreported.

They believe the introduction of a licensing system for grouse shooting would help go someway to help tackle the problem.