A SHOT bird of prey has been released back into the wild after it was nursed back to health.
The injured Peregrine Falcon was found by a walker in a field near to a local shoot in Salwick last month, and an X-ray revealed the bird had a broken wing caused by shot pellets.
It was recovered by local falconer Ray Balch last month, and alongside Lancashire Constabulary’s wildlife crime officer and Turbary Woods Bird Sanctuary, Mr Balch housed the bird and nursed it back to full fitness.
The bird, a protected species, was released back into the wild in the exact location it was discovered and Mr Balch said: “It was great to release the bird back out in the wild and it was a real sense of achievement for all my hard work.”
Wildlife crime officer Mark Thomas said the force had investigated the incident and would continue to monitor shooting activities in the area.
He said: “Professional shooters should know the difference between a Peregrine Falcon and a duck or any other game birds.
“We have investigated the incident and will continue to monitor shooting activities that take place within the local area in the future.”