TWO red kites were injured after being shot in Oakley Wood, near Nuffield
TWO red kites were injured after being shot in Oakley Wood, near Nuffield.
The birds of prey were found on March 29 and April 5 and police are appealing for information.
The kites are being cared for by wildlife hospital Tiggywinkles, and x-rays have shown that both contain shotgun pellets.
They are afforded the highest degree of legal protection under schedule one of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
It is an offence to take, injure or kill a red kite or to take, damage or destroy its nest, eggs or young. It is also an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb the birds close to their nest during the breeding season. Violation of the law can attract fines up to £5,000 per offence and/or a prison sentence of up to six months.
Police say that enquiries have revealed that on March 22 a dead red kite was found in Oakley Wood but the cause of death is not known.
Wildlife officer PC Robert Searle said: “Fortunately incidents of this nature are very rare in the Thames Valley and a thorough investigation is underway.
“The two birds were lucky to survive and I would like to thank Tiggywinkles for caring for the birds so well.
“I’m appealing to anyone who might have information that could assist us with our investigation.”
If you have any information call the Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting URN ‘372 06/04/16’.