DEATHS of birds of prey at a Gwynedd quarry "highly suspicious," say investigators


Geraint Jones

BIRDS of prey found dead in a Gwynedd quarry could have been poisoned. 

Simon Hugheston Roberts, of RSPB Cymru, said the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the peregrine falcons at a quarry in Dyffryn Nantlle were “highly suspicious.”

He added: “We have had a number of incidents of peregrine falcons being illegally persecuted in North Wales.

“The circumstances are highly suspicious and we are concerned that perhaps poisoned bait has been brought back to the nest by one of the parents resulting in the tragic death of all four birds.”

PC Dewi Evans, of North Wales Police, said the birds were found in a nest on a very steep cliff, and it had not been possible to recover them.

He added: “From the photograph it appears that one of the four is an adult, with the other three being chicks, which were only a week or so away from fledgling.

“According to the RSPB it would be highly unusual for the four to die, and foul play is highly probable.”

Anyone who might information on the deaths should call PC Evans on 101, and quote reference R105499. 

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