Severn Trent Water & RSPB Outraged
By Peak District Bird of Prey ThreatThe RSPB and Severn Trent Water have today expressed their outrage at the wanton destruction of the nest of one of Britain’s most persecuted and rare birds of prey over the last few days. The RSPB is offering a reward of £1000 for information leading to a conviction.
The crime is the latest in a long-running series of attacks on birds of prey in the Peak District. It leaves only one active goshawk nest in the entire Derwent Valley, which previously has held six pairs of these birds of prey.
Mark Thomas, investigations officer with the RSPB, said: “Once again we’re faced with the destruction of birds of prey in Britain’s most visited national park. The sight of goshawk eggs smashed, only days from hatching, lying on the forest floor is a heart-breaking sight and proves that this bird is being systematically wiped out in the north of the Peak District.”The Derwent Valley has been subject to a catalogue of bird of prey persecution incidents, with the most recent confirmed case being Glen Brown, a gamekeeper convicted of using a caged pigeon to lure birds of prey to a trap.
Derbyshire Police have launched an investigation of this crime, which took place on land managed by Severn Trent Water.
The Derbyshire Constabulary is encouraging anyone with any information relating to this incident to contact the Police immediately on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. 4th July 2014
The Derbyshire Constabulary is encouraging anyone with any information relating to this incident to contact the Police immediately on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
4th July 2014