My camera traps are recording as much people activity as wildlife on Wilden Marsh island at the moment. Although people carrying high powered air rifles have not been recorded over this Christmas period, I’m concerned that the situation might be about to change. I expect Santa has delivered air rifles locally which might be used to target the island’s herons, as was the case this time last year.
I’ve stumbled on a few shot heron carcasses on the marsh over the last year, and I don’t want to repeat the experience next year, so I’m taking action early.
Scanning the heronry with binoculars at this time of year can reveal the odd carcass lodged in trees, like this one; I’m not able to tell if it’s been shot.
Although the island is fully stock fenced, certain people cut their way in and others take advantage of the entry point.