Eight ducks killed or injured by spate of shootings at Hetton Lyons Country Park

A number of ducks have been injured or killed by a spate of shootings at Hetton Lyons Country Park. Credit: RSPCA

A number of ducks have been killed and others injured in a spate of duck shootings at a fishing lake.

The RSPCA said eight ducks had been targeted at a lake in Hetton Lyons Country Park in Downs Pit Lane, Hetton-le-Hole, in Tyne and Wear.

One of the ducks was shot in the face, another hit on the wing, and one who suffered a snapped beak after being shot. The bodies of five ducks have also been found by the lake.

One of the injured ducks at Hetton Lyons Country Park, in Hetton-le-Hole. Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA inspector Terri-Ann Fannon said: “It is very concerning that wildlife is being deliberately targeted in this area. The injuries these ducks suffered were truly awful and would have caused them to be in a lot of pain.

“I want to highlight this so that people can keep an eye out for wildlife in the area and to also report any concerns to us.”

Anyone who has information about these incidents is asked to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

Wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it is illegal - except under licence - to take, injure or kill wild birds or to take, damage or destroy their eggs or nest whilst it is in use or being built. The maximum penalty, if found guilty, is six months in prison and/or an unlimited fine.

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