Above: Kent Police say they are determined to help bring trapping cases to court to protect our garden birds such as the goldfinch, above © Shutterstock.com/El Coronesta

 

A GRAVESEND RESIDENT was given a 28-day curfew and ordered to pay costs of £300 plus £85 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to possessing wild birds and using bird lime.

On November 12, Medway Magistrates’ Court heard how Julius Gadzor, 39, had smeared a branch and bird feeder with sticky rat glue to capture wild birds that flew into his garden. Photographs posted on Mr Gadzor’s Facebook page, now deleted, included one captioned, “my wall hahaha” showing a stack of indoor cages containing small birds that are thought to include a redpoll and a greenfinch.

The conviction followed an investigation by Kent Police Rural Task Force and the RSPCA working in co-operation after a tip-off from the RSPB.

Police sergeant Darren Walshaw, who coordinated the search warrant, said: “Intelligence received from the RSPB allowed us to gain enough information to request a search warrant and the case built by the RSPCA resulted in the man having to admit his guilt.”

It is illegal to trap wild birds without a specific licence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which protects all wild birds in England and Wales, their nests and their eggs.

PS Walshaw said: “Bird trapping is not only illegal, it is incredibly cruel. We are committed to working with our partner agencies to put these criminals before the court.”

This case follows the conviction last month of a 50-year-old Swanley man for trapping birds with net funnel trap (see News, October 31), in which PS Walshaw also worked with the RSPCA to bring a case.

On that occasion the sentence included £300 in costs and an 8am to 8pm curfew.

Mr Gadzor’s curfew will run from 7pm to 7am.

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