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.