Alan Charles, Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, is calling Derbyshire residents to be vigilant to prevent egg thieves preying on nesting wild birds.
Echoing the National Wildlife Crime Unit’s (NWCU) Operation Easter, launched earlier this month, the Commissioner is reminding people to report any suspicious activity by ringing the Police on 101.
Operation Easter, run in conjunction with the police and other partner agencies, has been developed to target egg thieves by sharing intelligence across the UK to support enforcement action.
It is now nesting season for wild birds, with many having already laid their eggs and this is a national campaign to protect them against those criminals who want to steal the eggs or disturb the nests. However, by the very nature and location of the crime, it needs public support and help.
“Taking wild bird eggs is a serious crime,” said Mr Charles. “And, in some instances, it can have really serious consequences for the future of rare bird species. It’s also rather sad as many rare bird eggs, sometimes the whole clutch, are often stolen simply to be kept in secret collections.
“In Derbyshire we are lucky to have several species of rare and precious birds and, like many people, I would like to think that they will breed here for many generations to come. It is our collective responsibility to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police.”
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Posted on Thursday 16th April 2015