9:00am Wednesday 21st May 2014 in Sutton
By Mike Murphy-Pyle, Chief Reporter
Police have stepped up patrols around a nature reserve after a man allowed his son to kick the nest of a rare bird.
The incident was spotted by nature wardens at Wilderness Island in Carshalton at the end of April.
The man was leaning on the bank while his eight-year-old son kicked a kingfisher's nest - despite signs indicating it is a nature reserve and that wildlife should not be disturbed.
A pair of the birds had been nesting at the site but have not been seen since the incident.
Kingfishers are a rare and easily disturbed bird and are afforded the highest level of legal protection meaning it is an offence to take, injure or kill a Kingfisher or to take, damage or destroy its eggs, nest or young.