As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Former owner of National Birds of Prey Centre charged with selling birds illegally

Owner charged with fraud, theft & illegal sales
May 2013. The former owner of the National Birds of Prey Centre, Keith Beaven, is appearing in court accused of a number of wildlife, theft and fraud offences, all related to protected birds. 

Keith Beaven, 67, was charged with a total of 13 offences, including; Five counts of fraud by misrepresentation; Six counts of theft; One count of the prohibited sale of a specimen of an endangered species, contrary to the Control of Trade in Endangered Species (enforcement) regulations 1997; One count of knowingly making a false statement for a certificate, contrary to the Control of Trade in Endangered Species (enforcement) regulations 1997.

The charges are as a result of an investigation led by Gloucestershire Police, in conjunction with the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) and the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA), following on from a police led search warrant in June 2011.

Beaven owned the National Birds of Prey Centre, situated near Newent, from 2004 - 2008. He is suspected of selling rare birds illegally, and also of selling birds that had been ‘loaned' to the centre.

Now known as The International Centre for Birds of Prey Centre, the centre is now run by its former owner who is not connected to this case in any way. Go to their website

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