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Police appeal for information after peregrine falcons found dead near Tadcaster - North Yorkshire Police

Male peregrine found poisoned on nest ledge. Credit: Guy Shorrock RSPB
Male peregrine found poisoned on nest ledge. Credit: Guy Shorrock RSPB

Analysis finds carcasses containing pesticide

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for information following investigations into the death of two peregrine falcons found at a quarry near Stutton, Tadcaster.

A member of the public who had been observing the mating pair of birds, found a male bird dead on a cliff ledge and following investigation by the RSPB and North Yorkshire Police to recover the carcass, a deceased female peregrine falcon was located in the bottom of the quarry.

Both birds were sent away for testing which confirmed high levels of Bendiocarb in their systems and this was found to be the cause of death. The male bird was found next to a pigeon carcass which it is believed may have been used as bait.

Bendiocarb is licensed for use as a pesticide in England but is highly toxic and should never be released into the environment where wildlife, such as birds of prey, could be exposed to it. The pesticide has been found used to kill birds of prey in North Yorkshire previously and as such, police believe this was a deliberate act of poisoning.

Posted on: 22 October 2020

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