Birds left to die in mist nets
July 2013. Gwent Police have appealed for information following the discovery of illegally erected ‘mist nets' at Newport Wetlands National Nature Reserve. The nets are used to catch birds such as Finches, which are then sold on. Other birds which become trapped in the nets are sometimes left to die.
Tom Dalrymple of Natural Resources Wales, who own and manage the reserve in partnership with Newport City Council and RSPB Cymru said: "It's very sad that these illegal trappers, not only attempt to take birds from the wild, but appear to have left some birds to die slowly in the net".
Anyone with any information about the nets, or who may have seen anything suspicious at Newport Wetlands in the last week is asked to ring Gwent Police by calling 101 quoting Log 272 08/07/13.
Newport Wetlands is an important site for over-wintering birds with increasing numbers of black-tailed godwits, wigeon, shovelers, teal, shelducks and pintails. Hen harriers, short-eared owls and even bitterns may be an exciting sight during the winter, whilst little egrets now frequent the reserve throughout the year. Wildlife spectacles are not restricted to birds, with many species of orchids, butterflies and dragonflies present at the site.
Read more about visiting Newport Wetlands