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.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Cadw accused of shooting dozens of pigeons at Caerphilly Castle

Carol Gravener, who runs Caerphilly Bird Rescue with her husband, claims seven of her rescue birds were killed
20:24, 15 MAY 2019
UPDATED20:36, 15 MAY 2019
The organisation which looks after some of Wales' most historic buildings has been accused of shooting dozens of pigeons at Caerphilly Castle.
Cadw, which is the Welsh Government's historic environment service, has been accused of shooting the birds, including rescue pigeons, at Caerphilly Castle on Tuesday.
The culling is alleged to have happened at around 6pm in the castle grounds and has led to widespread anger on social media.
Cadw said it is investigating the allegations but has not commented further.
A spokesperson said: "We take this matter very seriously and are investigating.”
Carol Gravener, who runs Caerphilly Bird Rescue with her husband Ray, believes that seven of her rescue pigeons were among the 60 birds she claims were killed at the castle.
She said: "This has upset me a lot and I'm very angry that whoever did this thinks it's acceptable.
"Seven of my pigeons didn't come home last night.
"They live at the centre until they're well enough to take off on their own. Sometimes they go out and don't come back but normally they will be back in by the evening, especially when it's nesting season.
"Two of the pigeons have nests here and now their chicks don't have a parent. I'm going to have to incubate the eggs and raise them myself.

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