Young falcon survives illegal shooting

Stephen Younge of the Lavenham Falconry Centre with the injured peregrine falcon. ANL-140909-172009009
Stephen Younge of the Lavenham Falconry Centre with the injured peregrine falcon. ANL-140909-172009009

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.

Monks Eleigh, Suffolk. Stephen Younge of the Lavenham Falconry Centre with the injured Peregrine Falcon which was shot and found around Long Melford. X-Rays showing the shot in the bird ANL-140909-172138009

Monks Eleigh, Suffolk. Stephen Younge of the Lavenham Falconry Centre with the injured Peregrine Falcon which was shot and found around Long Melford. X-Rays showing the shot in the bird ANL-140909-172138009

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.