Two orphan peregrine chicks have been re-homed with ‘foster parents’ in the wild after an illegal trap killed their father.
RSPB officers (The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) placed the orphaned chicks in two separate nests in an area nearby to the Birmingham area.
RSPB officers found the peregrine chicks on May 22 next to their father, who was caught in an illegal trap that had been left by the nest. He had to be put down. The peregrines’ mother was also missing, presumed dead.
The RSPB has offered a £1,000 reward for information leading the conviction of those responsible for setting the peregrine traps at the Cannock site, and at another quarry near Dudley in the West Midlands.
To report any information you may have, call West Midlands Police on 0845 113 5000, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
James Leonard, the RSPB Investigations Officer who returned the orphaned peregrine chicks, said: ‘It was great to see the two chicks so readily accepted at both nest sites.’