RSPCA are investigating the incident after trapped wild birds were found dead and dying at West Sussex Nature Reserve
The RSPCA is appealing for information after glue traps were found on bird feeders and vegetation near to a bird hide at the Warnham Local Nature Reserve in Horsham.
The animal welfare charity was alerted by rangers from Horsham District Council who found the stricken entangled birds stuck to feeders and on the ground nearby yesterday. (Thursday September 13.)
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.
It is illegal under the Wildlife and Countryside Act to trap or attempt to trap wild birds and this type of trapping causes immense distress and suffering to the birds.
Five blue tits and one great tit were found dead due to being stuck to the traps.The remaining birds were taken in by the Countryside Warden to be cleaned and rehabilitated. It’s hoped they will later be released.
Three men have been seen in the area acting suspiciously, two of the men are described as around 30-years-old, six-foot tall and had short hair, shaved at the sides and long on top. A third man was described as older, but not as tall and was wearing a cap.
A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: “We are working closely with the district council to investigate this incident and are appealing to anyone who may have any information to contact the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 123 8018.
“If anyone sees the three men described acting suspiciously in the area again we would urge them to call the police first and also contact the RSPCA.
“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.”
It is illegal under the Wildlife and Countryside Act to trap or attempt to trap wild birds
Anyone caught can be sentenced to up to six months in prison and given an unlimited fine if found guilty.