This is an archived press release
Wednesday 27 April 2016
"There has been a great deal of comment on social media regarding the illegal persecution of birds of prey in the Peak District National Park.
"Without getting into the details of the specific incident that sparked this latest debate, I want to make clear in the strongest possible terms that we are appalled by the persecution of any protected species, whatever the circumstances.
"There is never any excuse for this behaviour and we will always work with the police and our other partners to support any investigation. But it is important to point out that we can only take direct action if the persecution takes place on land owned by the National Park Authority not just within the National Park boundary. In fact on land where we own the shooting rights we have not allowed shooting since 1981 allowing agreements to expire. This current incident was not on National Park Authority owned land.
"We recently acknowledged the disappointing results of the Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative and we are working with our partners to reverse the fortunes of birds of prey."
Anyone who witnesses suspicious behaviour within the National Park should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.