Last week at a meeting of the Liverpool Ornitholigist Club, Tony Duckells, the SWLRG Barn Owl Organiser, made me aware of this horrific discovery. The burned remains of six Barn Owls were found in an abandoned barn on Formby Moss, a Buzzard was also found, shot dead, within a mile of the site. You can read the article here.
Two of the birds were ringed and we are cooperating with the Wildlife Crime Officer of Merseyside Police to narrow down where these birds might have been taken from. This crime is particularly worrying because it suggests that the culprits of this horrendous crime have obviously visited a number of different roost sites in order to take as many as six birds - representing a significant portion of the adult population of the area.