A young peregrine falcon is recovering at Lavenham Falconry Centre after being found peppered with shotgun pellets, that broke its wing.
The RSPB is offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to a conviction for shooting the rare and protected raptor.
It was found on a footpath by Chad Brook River near Long Melford. Steve Piotrowski, president of the Suffolk Ornithological Group, said: “There were juveniles seen in the Bury area so they bred somewhere in the town.”
Stephen Younge at the Lavenham Falconry Centre, pictured, said: “It’s thought it’s about 14 weeks old, just a baby really and more or less straight out of its nest.”
Suffolk Wildlife Trust spokeswoman said: “There are still sectors of the community who do not want raptors around.”
Peregrines are often seen at the trust’s Lackford Lakes reserve.