Manx Wild Bird Aid (MWBA) has called for an individual to be brought to justice after a Eurasian Sparrowhawk was shot and killed in the north of the Isle of Man.
Last week, volunteers from MWBA were called out to Ballure in Ramsey to retrieve a grounded sparrowhawk whose life they said was “brutally ended”. Following a veterinary examination, it was confirmed the young female had been suffering for some time with a wound from an air rifle pellet.
The female Eurasian Sparrowhawk was shot by an air rifle (MWBA / Facebook).
It was understood that, due to broken bones from falling, the bird would have also been immobilised from its injuries, unable to move from the location it was originally found. Having reported what it describes as the “upsetting case” to the wildlife crime unit, the charity says it is “horrified” that Manx raptors are being targeted by gun owners.
In a joint statement with the environment department, police have since issued an appeal asking for anyone with information to this case to contact Biodiversity Officers at DEFA on 685835. Officers have reminded the public that, with the exception of game species, it is an offence to kill or injure wild birds.
In a statement to Manx Radio, Environment Minister Geoffrey Boot said: “Protecting our wildlife is immensely important and the department and local charities work hard to ensure these animals are protected.”