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Rushcliffe man sentenced after killing buzzards in the borough

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Rushcliffe man sentenced after killing buzzards in the borough

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Friday, 28 January 2022

Nottinghamshire Police

A man who was recorded killing buzzards has been sentenced after appearing in court.

John Orrey’s offending was first uncovered after a walker spotted a bird of prey in a crow cage trap in Kneeton, Rushcliffe, and immediately informed the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

RSPB officers later discovered a live buzzard inside the same trap – a species protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act – which was then released. However, following the discovery, a covert camera was set up to monitor the crow cage trap, which can be used for legitimate pest control purposes but requires any creatures not being targeted to be released.

Sixty-three-year-old Orrey was later filmed as he beat and killed the first of two birds when it flew into the same trap on Friday 8 January 2021.

He was caught on camera doing this to a second buzzard the following day, Saturday 9 January 2021.

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