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.

Friday 11 May 2018

Paraglider 'flies into nature reserve and scares off birds'

Warwickshire Police are investigating the incident at Middleton Lakes RSPB reserve

13:09, 25 APR 2018

Police are investigating reports a paraglider flew into a nature reserve near Tamworth and Sutton Coldfield and scared the birds.

The incident happened on Thursday evening at Middleton Lakes RSPB reserve.

Site manager Nick Martin said: “There were several hundred birds breeding in the area, including rare and endangered birds such as the avocet.

“The incident has been reported to Warwickshire Police as the paraglider was disturbing breeding species, and this is a criminal matter.

“Middleton Lakes is a haven for rare and endangered birds, and we work hard to manage it so that they can thrive but also that people can enjoy this natural wonder.

 “We would like to thank everyone who has shown support, and acted quickly to protect this special site.”

A spokesperson for RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) said: “We have notified the police and BHPA (British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association) who have a photo to pass around their members to help with identification of the person.

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