Vandals with rocks destroy bird nests and kill chicks

Vandals have destroyed birds nests in a cruel act, killing chicks and a red-listed species.

One of the nests. Photo: Rural Crime Team: Dyfed-Powys Police @DPruralpolicing
One of the nests. Photo: Rural Crime Team: Dyfed-Powys Police @DPruralpolicing

Police are now investigating after 10 bird nests were destroyed in the Allt Goch and Pen-Yr Nant area of Llanidloes, by thugs who dropped large rocks on the eggs, smashing them. A red-listed species, the pied flycatcher, was among the nests damaged.

Dyfed-Powys Police's rural crime team said they are now investigating an incident of habitat and egg destruction. The nests were part of a community nest box project at the woods, set up last year.

Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust said they were "extremely saddened" to hear about the incident.

"Extremely saddened to hear about the destruction of 10 bird nests in a #Llanidloes woodland, including this red-listed species, Pied Flycatcher," the trust said in a tweet.

"This is a wildlife crime and is being investigated. Please be kind & look out for nature during shutdown."

The incident happened between Monday and Tuesday this week. Police are appealing for information to the identity of the offender or offenders. Contact 101 with any information quoting incident number 215 20/5.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or at

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