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Sevenoaks Chronicle 22nd June 2016
RSPCA saves wild birds from Westerham property after search warrant
Wild birds being kept at a property in Westerham have been taken into care after a search warrant carried out by the RSPCA and Kent Police.
Two goldfinches, a greenfinch and a trap were seized from the property in Atterbury Close during an operation that took place yesterday (Tueday, June 21).
An RSPCA spokesman said: "An RSPCA inspector attended a property in Westerham where three birds were removed by Kent Police and taken in to RSPCA care.
"As this is an ongoing incident, we are unable to provide any further information at this time."
Kent Police's Rural Task Force also tweeted about the incident.
It said: "Wild birds seized after a search warrant in Westerham by the Rural Liaison Team.
"It is illegal to trap, possess or sell wild birds."
According to the RSPB's website, all wild birds in the UK, their nests and their eggs are protected by law and it is an offence to intentionally kill, injure or take any wild bird and it is also against the law to use traps or similar items to kill, injure or take wild birds.
BBC News 4th June 2016
Call for Ditchling angling ban after swans injured
A wildlife charity is calling for fishing to be banned at an East Sussex venue after abandoned angling equipment caused injuries to 25 swans.
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue said it had rescued 25 birds in the last 12 months at Ditchling Common Country Park.
In the latest incident a fishing hook had to be removed from a swan's tongue in the charity's operating theatre.
East Sussex County Council (ESCC) said it inspected the lakes and removed any discarded fishing equipment.
The injured swan, along with its three cygnets was rescued on Thursday after the charity received six calls from walkers who reported seeing the bird with blood on its body and a fishing hook in its mouth. Wildlife rescue founder Trevor Weeks said a large carp hook was embedded in the swan's tongue.
"The removal of the hook was a very dangerous procedure and could have resulted in the death of the swan," he said.
Goldfinch (Top) Swan and cygnets (Bottom)