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A rare and protected Osprey nest was chopped down in Wales, police say

May 1, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Police in Wales want to know who cut down an osprey nesting platform on Friday, sending the rare and protected birds' nest and their freshly-laid egg crashing into the lake below.

(CNN)Police in Wales want to know who cut down an osprey nesting platform on Friday, sending the rare and protected birds' nest and their freshly-laid egg crashing into the lake below.

The Brenig Osprey Project said in a post on social media that the "horrific act of vandalism" happened at about 9:45 p. m. at Brenig Lake, a reservoir in Northern Wales.

The North Wales Police Rural Crime Team said in a tweet on Saturday that they believe the suspect or suspects arrived by boat to cut down the platform.

The birds and their eggs are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and the crime is punishable with up to six months in prison and/or a £5,000 (around $6,900) fine, police said.

The Brenig Osprey Project, which is a partnership between Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and North Wales Wildlife Trust, says workers have cleared off another platform they hope the birds will use for their new nest.

Ospreys typically lay two or three eggs each year, according to the Royal Society of Bird Protection.

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