NORTH Yorkshire Police and the RSPCA are appealing for information after a buzzard was found injured near York after being shot.

The male buzzard was found by a local farmer near Shipton Grange, close to Shipton-by-Beningbrough, on March 29, who called the RSPCA and the charity’s inspector Claire Mitchell collected the bird.

X-rays showed the bird contained five pieces of shot, two in a foot, one in a leg and two in a wing. The bird is now recovering well in the care of a local wildlife rehabilitator and will be released into the wild once ready.

Call 101 with information quoting reference number 12200052238 or the RSPCA appeal line 0300 1238018 and ask to leave a message for Claire.