Birds of prey shot, trapped or poisoned in 23 incidents

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Birds of prey in Wales were reportedly shot at, trapped or poisoned in 23 incidents reported to RSPB Cymru in 2014.

Reports included the shooting of a buzzard and the poisoning of a peregrine falcon, a red kite and a buzzard.

The charity said the figures represented "only a fraction" of the illegal persecution in Wales.

It is calling for better application of laws to protect Wales' birds of prey.

RSPB Cymru's biodiversity manager, Stephen Bladwell, said: "To protect our magnificent birds of prey we must defend the laws that protect them, in particular the EU Nature Directives."

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