This Ring Ousel was recently photographed having been killed by a fenn trap set on a pole over a ditch on Stanhope Moor in Durham. The trap would have been set to catch stoats and weasels but of course it will catch anything that sets it off – this was an unlucky Ring Ousel. Although this isn’t the first such image I have been sent (see back here in August 2013).
I guess its collateral damage on a grouse moor, although this quote suggests perhaps not;
Birds of Huddersfield (1915) by Seth Lister Mosley (page 41)
Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquata)
This is the thrush of the moors, and formerly, no doubt, it bred all round our watershed, but by the breaking up of the moors its range is now more restricted. It is still found, however, wherever there is ling along the boundary ridge. When the late Alfred Beaumont had the shooting right (sic) over Slaithwaite Moor, it was very abundant there, and he shot a great many as they set the grouse up by their alarm note…
The list of species that are killed in the process of generating large numbers of Red Grouse (to be killed for fun) is very long: the grouse themselves, any natural predators of grouse such as foxes, stoats, crows that can be killed legally, Mountain Hares because they carry ticks that can spread diseases to Red Grouse, birds of prey such as Peregrines , eagles and Hen Harriers (illegally killed) because they eat red Grouse too, and anything else that gets in the way of a trap such as this poor Ring Ousel.
It’s a lot of killing of wildlife just because a few want to kill Red Grouse for fun!
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