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.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Mist nets set at Newport Wetlands – Police appeal for information

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
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 

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