Appeal after sparrowhawk shot dead

Sparrowhawk. File pic.

Police are asking for information after a sparrowhawk was shot at a nature reserve.

The sparrowhawk is thought to have been killed with a pellet gun at Nosterfield Nature Reserve near Masham on either Wednesday or Thursday last week .

Sparrowhawks as classified in the UK as amber under the Birds of Conservation Concern 5.

If you saw anyone in the area of the nature reserve with an air rifle or similar weapon please email or call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for PC Colin Irvine.

If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at

Please quote NYP reference 12240050719 when passing on information.

1 Comment

  1. What is wrong with these people? The Sparrowhawk is another one of our bird species in decline (most of the UK’s birds, other than game birds, are!). Whoever did this should hold their head in shame and hopefully, when found, will receive an appropriate sentence to deter others.

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