SOUTH NORMANTON: Talks to beat wildlife crime

A summit aimed at seeing how crimes against animals and birds of prey can be better policed will take place in South Normanton in September.

The event is being organised by the county’s police and crime commissioner, Alan Charles, following a report which highlighted how officers had been made aware of 200 incidents, including poaching, badger baiting, hare coursing and the poisoning of birds of prey, in the last year.

The report states: “The RSPB believes that these incidents are the tip of the iceberg, with many incidents remaining undetected.”

Mr Charles said: “Species such as goshawks, peregrines, hen harriers and buzzards are all experiencing a catastrophic decline in numbers. There have been numerous examples of nests failing inexplicably despite suitable nesting habitat.

“Scientific evidence and past police investigations indicates that human interference at the nest or the killing of one or both of the adults is most likely responsible,” he added.

Derbyshire has 18 wildlife crime officers and two wildlife crime scene investigators split across the division. The summit will be held at The Post Mill Centre, South Normanton, on September 25.