Sutton police to patrol Carshalton nature reserve after dad lets son smash rare bird's nest

A kingfisher

A kingfisher

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Police have stepped up patrols around a nature reserve after a man allowed his son to kick the nest of a rare bird.

The incident was spotted by nature wardens at Wilderness Island in Carshalton at the end of April.

The man was leaning on the bank while his eight-year-old son kicked a kingfisher's nest - despite signs indicating it is a nature reserve and that wildlife should not be disturbed.

A pair of the birds had been nesting at the site but have not been seen since the incident.

Kingfishers are a rare and easily disturbed bird and are afforded the highest level of legal protection meaning it is an offence to take, injure or kill a Kingfisher or to take, damage or destroy its eggs, nest or young.

Now police are scaling up patrols in the area and have threatened anyone spotted breaking the law with a fine of up to £5,000 or even a six month prison sentence.

The incident was handled by nature wardens from the London Wildlife Trust but in future they have been advised to contact police if they see anything similar.

If you see any similar incidents, you can call police on 999.

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10:12am Wed 21 May 14

Noddyblanket says...

Absolute out and it scumbag. The mind boggles as to whether there is anything between these kind of so called human beings ears, let alone anything in their hearts....
Absolute out and it scumbag. The mind boggles as to whether there is anything between these kind of so called human beings ears, let alone anything in their hearts.... Noddyblanket
  • Score: 23

10:21am Wed 21 May 14

CPN says...

Just WHY??
Just WHY?? CPN
  • Score: 16

10:28am Wed 21 May 14

Noddyblanket says...

CPN wrote:
Just WHY??
I think they are so thick they couldn't even answer that themselves mate. Why are they even there if they don't appreciate and respect wildlife?
[quote][p][bold]CPN[/bold] wrote: Just WHY??[/p][/quote]I think they are so thick they couldn't even answer that themselves mate. Why are they even there if they don't appreciate and respect wildlife? Noddyblanket
  • Score: 18

4:35pm Thu 22 May 14

Krissi says...

they are probably the same kind of people who say nothing when their kids rip up and throw around the flowers, which have been planted in parks for the enjoyment of others
they are probably the same kind of people who say nothing when their kids rip up and throw around the flowers, which have been planted in parks for the enjoyment of others Krissi
  • Score: 4

4:41pm Thu 22 May 14

jamieonline says...

Tramps. I'd say lets go to your garden and damage your things. No doubt your garden is mainly mud with a rusty fridge laying in the corner.
Tramps. I'd say lets go to your garden and damage your things. No doubt your garden is mainly mud with a rusty fridge laying in the corner. jamieonline
  • Score: 1

8:56am Fri 23 May 14

chelseagirl1 says...

I'm not heartless nor do I have a rusty fridge in my garden . In fact my partner is a landscape gardner by trade . I respect your opinion , as far as wildlife and green areas are concerned we have more then most , but I can't justify the man power or time the police are putting into this . Patrols in the park and a £5000 pound fine . They should be using the money as a reward for the hit and run my daughter and her friend were in instead of saying I can if I want to .she will never be the same again how the parents of the person sleep I don't no . I have the same amount we raised as a reward and they say crime don't pay .
I'm not heartless nor do I have a rusty fridge in my garden . In fact my partner is a landscape gardner by trade . I respect your opinion , as far as wildlife and green areas are concerned we have more then most , but I can't justify the man power or time the police are putting into this . Patrols in the park and a £5000 pound fine . They should be using the money as a reward for the hit and run my daughter and her friend were in instead of saying I can if I want to .she will never be the same again how the parents of the person sleep I don't no . I have the same amount we raised as a reward and they say crime don't pay . chelseagirl1
  • Score: -2

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