Calls for clampdown on 'raptor killers' in Cumbria

A peregrine falcon. Credit: PA

The RSPB is urging the government to clampdown on people who illegally persecute birds of prey.

So called 'raptor killers' are still prevalent, and the charity says Cumbria is one of the worst counties in the country.

In 2015, there were 196 reports of birds of prey being shot and killed nationally, as well as 50 reports of wildlife poisoning and pesticide-related offences.

A buzzard. Credit: PA

Raptor persecution is one of the UK government's top wildlife crime priorities.