A SMARTWATER AND POLICE BID TO STOP RARE BIRDS BECOMING PREY

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Officers from South Staffordshire Local Policing Team (LPT), along with partners including SmartWater,have once again pledged to protect nesting Falcons at a quarry site in Shareshill.

Each Spring, Peregrine Falcons return to Saredon Quarry, Shareshill, to nest, lay their eggs and raise their young chicks.

Peregrine Falcons are a rare species which means the birds, their nests and eggs are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it is an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb them when nesting.

Sadly, in previous years, incidents of egg thefts and damage, and evidence of nests being deliberately destroyed have been reported.

Officers, along with specially trained Wildlife Crime officer PC Pete Clarke, are working with the quarry manager, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and SmartWater, who have supplied signs, grease and Smartwater pipe bombs.

A number of CCTV cameras have been installed at the site also in a bid to deter those considering engaging in unlawful activity to harm the birds or eggs. Motion sensors are also situated around the site.

Forestry Commission Rangers and the Wildlife Officer have installed forensic traps and cameras at the site to try and prevent offences.

PC Pete Clarke, Wildlife Officer, said: “We are determined to ensure the Falcons can successfully raise their young and we will continue to do everything within our power to allow them to do so. We are working very closely with quarry staff, colleagues from the RSPB, SmartWater and rangers from the Forestry Commission.

“The message to potential offenders is clear – stay away or you will be caught, arrested and prosecuted.”

For previous story see:

www.smartwater.com/news/smartwater-and-police-collaborate-to-protect-rare-birds

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