Here in Camp Hill we are very fortunate to have the wonderful Stubbs Pool and it’s resident birds and wildlife. At the moment the Pool is teaming with life as it is bird nesting season but unfortunately not everyone cares about nature.
There has recently been a distressing incident where a coot nest was destroyed when it contained eggs and chicks. The result of this was the mother coot frantically searching the pool for her chicks and crying out in distress.
The people who carry out these type of horrible actions may not be aware that they are breaking the law, as set down in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is illegal to:
- intentionally kill, injure or take wild birds
- intentionally damage or destroy wild bird nests that are being used or built
- intentionally take or destroy wild bird eggs
- possess, control or transport live or dead wild birds, parts or eggs.
If you are aware of anybody carrying out any of the above actions you can report them at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) website, or call 017 6768 0551 (9.00am – 5.14pm, Monday to Friday.)
If you are a parent or carer and want to ensure your children are aware of the importance of protecting wild birds go to www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning.
If you would like to know more about the diverse range of birds living in this country and how to conserve them go to www.rspb.org.uk.