Rare falcon shot dead in Fenland

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Police are appealing for information after a rare falcon has been shot dead in Fenland.

The body of the young male red-footed falcon was found near Whittlesey last month.

Red-footed falcons are listed as ‘near threatened on a red list of endangered species and rarely visit the UK.

Cambridgeshire Police, the National Wildlife Crime Unit and the RSPB are appealing for anyone with information.

The wildlife charity is offering a reward of £1,000 for information about the shooting.

The force’s wildlife crime officer Alun Bradshaw said: “It’s awful that this rare bird has been needlessly and cowardly shot in the county.

“We take these matters seriously and are asking for anyone with information to contact us or Crimestoppers.”

RSPB experts have confirmed that this falcon is the same individual which has delighted birdwatchers and nature lovers in the Midlands and East of England since it was first spotted in Stoke, Staffordshire in July this year.

RSPB Senior Investigations Officer Mark Thomas said: “The death of this beautiful and rare bird is sickening, it has spent nearly three months touring the UK and delighting thousands of people only to be shot dead in Cambridgeshire.’

“I only hope that someone who knows something about the circumstances in which this bird was killed will share any information they have to help the police in their investigation.”

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Cambridgeshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111