Last week RSPB released its annual Birdcrime report. Much of the report focussed on the continuing problems of the illegal persecution of birds of prey. A recent prosecution has again graphically highlighted the threats these magnificent birds still face.
On 9 December 2013 at Herefordshire Magistrates Court Wayne Edward PRIDAY (39 yrs) from Leintwardine, Herefordshire, pleaded guilty to a charge relating to the use of a pole trap in August 2013. He was fined £375 and ordered to pay £170 costs.
Pole traps are devices that have been banned from use since 1904 and consist of a powerful spring-trap typically placed on top of a post or pole. Birds of prey will the use these elevated positions as a vantage point and the traps are strategically placed where they will hunt.”
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