“LIES over birds he hadn’t bred led to the downfall of disgraced former National Birds of Prey Centre owner Keith Beaven. Investigators revealed how a routine inspection at a wildlife centre uncovered Beaven’s crimes, for which he avoided jail on Tuesday. Beaven, 68, told buyers of endangered Black Kites he had bred them at the […]
June 18 2013 A man from the Forest of Dean has been given a 40 weeks prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, after being convicted of a number of counts of fraud and theft in connection with the trade in rare and endangered birds. Keith Beaven, 68 and from Staunton, was also ordered to abide […]
“A gamekeeper from southern Scotland has been fined more than £4,000 for poisoning a buzzard and possessing illegal pesticides. Peter Bell, 62, of Newton Stewart, admitted four contraventions of the Wildlife and Countryside Act. He committed the poisoning offence by lacing a pheasant carcass with carbofuran in December last year at Glasserton Home Farm near […]
“The former owner of a bird-of-prey centre has been given a suspended prison sentence for stealing rare owls. Keith Beaven, 68, of Staunton near Gloucester, was convicted last month of stealing six owls and also illegally selling three protected black kites. He tricked zoos into thinking he ran the National Birds of Prey Centre near […]
“Big cat sightings around the UK are usually presumed by most of us to be a hoax or a case of mistaken identity. But not everyone is able to play fast and loose with such claims. Wildlife crime officer Dean Kingham has had several calls from people believing they have seen dangerous predators roaming the […]
“The clearance of part of an area of outstanding natural beauty by contractors working for the National Grid is being investigated by Kent Police. About a third of an acre of scrubland at Bredhurst, near Maidstone was cleared by contractors working for the National Grid last week. Locals claimed that the work had killed protected […]
“Police are hunting thieves who snatched three kestrel chicks from Conisbrough Castle. The birds, a protected species, were taken from their nest yesterday afternoon and both South Yorkshire Police and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds have been alerted to the theft. The chicks and their mother have become a popular attraction at […]
“Full-time security has been brought in at two wild animal parks in the fight against a ‘realistic’ threat from rhino poachers. Port Lympne and Howletts Wild Animal Parks were put on high alert in March after Kent police warned a poaching plot targeting rhinos was operating in the UK. More than 80 volunteers offered to […]
Corruption no surprise in Kenya “June 2013. Kenya Wildlife Service has suspended more than 30 senior personnel who are under suspicion of participating in or helping poaching gangs operation in National Parks across Kenya. Kenya has always struggled against poachers targeting elephants, but the scourge of elephant poaching in Kenya has increased recently, and […]
“THIEVES are suspected of stealing four peregrine falcon chicks from their nest at a beauty spot in the second week of June. Police and wildlife experts are investigating the disappearance of the young birds of prey from a nesting site at the Roaches, in the Staffordshire Moorlands. Staffordshire Wildlife Trust (SWT), which had been keeping […]
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