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.

Tuesday 9 June 2015

Norfolk business man Mervyn Lambert ups reward for catching egg thieves to £7,000

06:29 09 June 2015

A Norfolk businessman has upped the ante in the battle against those who persecute rare birds of prey.

Bressingham-based plant hire boss Mervyn Lambert is offering a £5,000 reward for infprmation leading to the arrest and conviction of egg thieves.

The total for bringing to book those who devastated a marsh harrier, kestrel and wagtail’s nests is now £7,000.

“I’ll give £5,000 for any information, not only about stealing birds’ but poisoning, trapping and shooting protected birds,” said Mr Lambert, 67.

“As a countryman I’m appalled at what’s happening to our birds. There used to be an abundance of birds, we’re getting less and less and we’re a poorer society for it.

“I’s just horrendous, something needs to be done. Those who steal their eggs, who kill them by shooting them, trapping or poisoning them, they must be brought to book.”

Police are linking the thefts of eggs from three nests in the Wensum Valley near Fakenham.

Breeding sites at Guist and Sculthorpe have been targeted.

The Fakenham and Wells Times and EDP are offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

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