Appeal after birds shot in Brecon Beacons village

By Twm Owen in Local People

Three birds have died after being illegally shot in a Brecon Beacons village.

A member of the public found a dead buzzard and a raven in Penycae while a crow was found alive but with severe damage to its wing.

The crow was later put down due to the severity of its injuries.

X-rays at the RSPCA clinic in Merthyr Tydfil revealed the buzzard and a raven had been shot with a pellet gun.

The animal charity said local residents have reported seeing an unusual white van parked in the area around April 5.

RSPCA inspector, Gemma Cooper, said: "It is incredibly disturbing that someone would come to the village and intentionally shoot these birds with a pellet gun.

"It is against the law to kill or injure wild birds (except under licence) and individuals can be fined up to £5,000 and potentially given up to six months in prison for each bird killed.

"I would urge anyone who has information about these incidents to please come forward and call the RSPCA appeal line in confidence."

Anyone who has any information on who shot the birds can call the RSPCA’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.