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.

Sunday 10 May 2015

Police raiding raven sanctuary seize 180 birds - then find suspected hidden cannabis factory

By Marcus Chippindale , Emma O'Reilly

Seventy cannabis plants and nine kilos of herbal cannabis were seized at a bird haven that was home to Britain's oldest raven 

Police officers raiding an aviary to seize nearly 200 birds made a shock discovery as a suspected cannabis factory was found hidden on site.

Surprised officers discovered around 70 cannabis plants and nine kilos of prepared herbal cannabis as they searched the Raven Haven bird sanctuary in Berkshire, it emerged today.

Around 180 birds of various breeds were seized during the raid, carried out jointly with the RSPCA and DEFRA, with some of the stricken creatures having to be put-down immediately.

Two men, aged 57 and 61 from Crowthorne, were arrested on suspicion of producing a class B drug following the raid and are on police bail.

Raven Haven, based in Sandhurst Road, Camberley, was set up after the sanctuary's owners, Steve and Shelley Burns, rescued Tarquin, Britain's oldest raven, from a beach on the Dorset coast in August 1989. Tarquin died in 2012, aged 88.

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