Rare birds destroyed

THE RSPB is offering a reward of £1,000 following the “wanton destruction” of nests belonging to one of Britain’s rarest birds in the Derwent Valley.

The charity said there is now only one active goshawk nest in the entire area, which previously was home to six pairs of the birds of prey.

Mark Thomas, investigations officer with the RSPB, said: “The sight of goshawk eggs smashed, only days from hatching, lying on the forest floor, is a heart-breaking sight and proves that this bird is being systematically wiped out.”

Derbyshire Police sergeant, Darren Belfield, said: “The individuals responsible show no regard for the law.”

Anyone with any information is urged to call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.