Peregrine poisoned by pesticides near Buckfastleigh
The poisoning of a bird of prey using a banned pesticide is being investigated in Devon.
The young female peregrine falcon was found at Whitecleaves Quarry near Buckfastleigh in July, but toxicology results have just been released.
It is the third such incident within a matter of weeks involving the banned pesticide carbofuran, the RSPB said.
Two peregrines were found in Cornwall just weeks after four goshawks and a buzzard died near Exeter.
Toxicology tests showed the Buckfastleigh peregrine also had aldicarb in its system - another banned pesticide.
The RSPB believes the poisoning was deliberate.
All three cases are being investigated by Devon and Cornwall Police and the RSPB.
Peregrines at the Whitecleaves Quarry site have been targeted previously, with dead birds found in 1992, 2004 and 2005. On each occasion, the birds had been poisoned.
Wildlife conservationists have expressed concern over the presence of banned chemicals in the countryside.
Source: BBC News