The RSPB have released a video from their covert cameras on you tube showing the Gamekeeper killing the birds. Please be warned, the video is graphic and some people may find it disturbing.
Colin Burne, of Winters Park, Penrith, pleaded guilty to the intentional killing of buzzards on land managed by a private shooting syndicate in Whinfell Forest, near Penrith, Cumbria.
The 64-year old gamekeeper attended Carlisle Magistrates Court today where he pleaded guilty to three charges. These related to the killing of two buzzards on the 11 February 2013, killing five buzzards prior to this date and possession of a wooden stick as an item capable of being used to kill the birds.
He received a 70-day jail sentence, concurrent on each charge, suspended for 12 months. In sentencing, the Judge stated that had it not been for his ill health he would have considered jailing him.”