6 September 2018 at 10:46am
Six wild birds have been found dead - and others left dying - after becoming stuck in glue traps deliberately left on bird feeders at a West Sussex nature reserve.
Rangers from Horsham District Council found the stricken entangled birds stuck to feeders and on the ground nearby on Thursday and alerted the RSPCA.
The glue traps were found on bird feeders and vegetation near to a bird hide at the Warnham Local Nature Reserve in Horsham.
The sticky substance - identified as bird lime - had been placed on the feeders and the surrounding vegetation to indiscriminately and cruelly trap any bird that came into contact with it.
Using this method of trapping causes huge amounts of distress and suffering for the birds and will indiscriminately ensnare anything that comes into contact with it. Some birds have already died due to these traps in this case.”
Five blue tits and one great tit died after becoming stuck to the traps. The remaining birds are being cared for by the Countryside Warden. It’s hoped they will later be released.