POLICE are investigating after a buzzard was found dead on the Isle of Wight.

The body of the bird, which is believed to have been shot, was discovered in a water meadow in the area of Lower Road, Adgestone, near Sandown.

The buzzard is fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which makes it an offence to kill, injure or take a buzzard, or to take, damage or destroy an active nest or its contents.

Anyone with information about the incident on Friday, March 30 should contact wildlife crime officer PC Nick Massey at Ryde police station on 101 or the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.