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Police appeal after protected bird shot dead near Blofield

PUBLISHED: 16:45 11 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:27 11 February 2015

Dead bird found near Blofield.Picture by RSPB

Dead bird found near Blofield.Picture by RSPB

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Norfolk police and the RSPB are appealing for information after a protected bird was shot dead in Norfolk.

The little bustard was discovered dead close to Blofield on January 22 by a passer-by. It had been shot.

Mark Thomas, senior investigations officer with the RSPB, said, “Little bustards are protected at all times of year and are the focus of intensive conservation efforts in the countries where they breed.

“Evidence suggests that this bird is likely to have died very close to the location where it was shot although it is unknown how it ended up on a road near Blofield.”

A little bustard is a pheasant-sized member of the bustard family and is native to the grassland plains of the steppe in southern Europe and Asia.

Inspector Jon Papworth, from Norfolk police, said: “It is a crime to intentionally shoot a little bustard, as it is with all protected birds. We are keen to hear from anyone who knows the circumstances of what happened in this case.”

Anyone with information should call 101.


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