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Stowmarket – Man cautioned after bird’s nest removed from loft space

A 60-year-old man has been cautioned after a bird’s nest was removed from a loft space in Stowmarket.

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The incident occurred on Wednesday 3 June at a property in Rattlesden Close, when a nest containing House Sparrow chicks, was removed and almost destroyed following routine maintenance.

After the nest had been removed, the occupant – a woman aged in her 50s - decided to take the chicks to Stowe Vets, where they were hand-reared until Wednesday 24 June. The chicks were later released back into the wild in Onehouse.

The incident was reported to the police and a 60-year-old man was interviewed and given a caution in relation to three wildlife offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (protection of nests and eggs of wild birds) yesterday, Monday 17 August.

Sergeant Brian Calver of Suffolk’s Rural Crime Team said: “This is a positive result for those helpless birds. Without the help of witnesses and volunteers, the outcome would have been very different.

“I want this outcome to serve as a strong message to those that show little regard for our wildlife by confirming that we will take action.

“I am very grateful to the public that continue to report such acts and would urge anyone with information concerning wildlife crime to report it to us.”

Anyone with any information should contact Suffolk police via:

Website: http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update

Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Phone – call 101

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999.


Pictured: Dan Boulter, who helped rear the chicks, and Pc Colin Taylor.