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Illegal bird trap user caught on camera

Priday caught visiting the trap Credit: RSPB

A part-time game keeper from Herefordshire has been caught and fined for setting an illegal trap designed to harm birds of prey.

Wayne Edward Priday was ordered to pay more than £500 for using a pole trap - a device with a powerful spring placed on top of a post or pole where birds of prey are likely to perch.

A pole-trap Credit: RSPB

When RSPB officers discovered the trap in Ludlow they set up surveillance cameras which caught Priday visiting it.

Police say they think the trap was intended to catch a goshawk, a very rare bird with perhaps only 500 pairs in the UK.

Dead buzzard found with beak bound

A buzzard may have starved to death after its beak was bound, Derbyshire Police have said.

The dead bird was found on land near the village of Turnditch.

Derbyshire Police said they are investigating after the bird was found with its beak apparently bound.

The bird appeared to have had a hole forced through its beak which had then been bound closed with twine.

Wildlife crime officers from the force are working with the RSPB to investigate the circumstances surrounding the bird's death.

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Swooping starlings captured in Leamington Spa

ITV News Central viewer Dave Atkinson, has captured on video a flock of starlings in Leamington Spa.

The natural 'black cloud' is considered by RSPB as 'are one of the UK's most incredible wildlife spectacles.'

Throughout the autumn and winter months, hundreds of thousands of starlings turn the sky black around the UK. The birds come together in huge clouds, wheeling, turning and swooping in unison.

The gathering and swooping of starlings is known as a 'murmuration'.

Starlings join forces for many reasons. Grouping together offers safety in numbers – predators such as falcons find it hard to target one bird amidst a hypnotising flock of thousands.

Starlings also gather to keep warm at night and to exchange information, such as good feeding areas.

How you can help the declining bird population in your area

Here are some ways you can help the bird population in your very own back garden Credit: ITV Central

A new report out today by the RSPB says there has been a huge decline in our bird population.

But here are some ways you can help the bird population in your very own back garden.

  • Leave food and water out for the birds.

  • Plant trees and berry bearing bushes as well as nectar rich trees.

  • Plant trees and shurbs that will attract insects as this helps the entire eco-system in the garden.

  • Get involved by carrying out surveys in your area, find out more on the RSPB website.