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.