Cumbria is one of the worst counties in the UK for the persecution of birds of prey, according to figures released by the RSPB.
Four of these incidents took place last year including the shooting of a buzzard anda peregrine. Most recently, two short-eared owls were shot by gamekeeper, Timothy Cowin. He was caught by RSPB cameras trying to dispose of the bodies.
RSPB’s Birdcrime report revealed that these incidents are just the "tip of the iceberg" compared to the actual number of illegal killings, as many are often undetected or unreported.
Conservationists say introducing a licensing system for driven grouse shooting would help tackle the problem that occurs on grouse moors, whilst also protecting the interests of landowners.
RSPB conservation director, Martin Harper, has urged the government to address illegal killings to protect the UK's raptors.