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, 7 August 2014

Concern surrounds the shooting of thirty birds in Tudeley

By Paddock Wood Courier | Posted: August 04, 2014

By Amy-Clare Martin

MYSTERY surrounds the death of thirty wood pigeons at a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds reserve in Tudeley.

The dead birds were discovered by a dog walker in Tudeley Woods, near Half Moon Lane, on Sunday afternoon. The birds had been shot and were dumped in two large piles on the floor.

The RSPB reserve is home to a number of star species including the woodlark, the nightjar and the tree pipit.

Although wood pigeons are not endangered, questions are being raised about why the birds were shot in such numbers and just discarded on the floor.

Sue Royal, a spokesman for the RSPB, said: “Obviously it is a concern that large numbers of birds have been shot, but it is a mystery to be honest as neither we nor the landowner know anything about it.

“About 30 of them were left near a footpath. We don’t know who has left them there or why the birds were killed.”

The police have been informed.

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