Appeal after rare Merlin Falcon chicks swiped from nest

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Police are appealing for information after the suspected theft of four Merlin Falcon chicks from a nest.

Some time between Saturday, June 18 and Thursday, June 30, the chicks were removed from a nest in the Goyt Valley, which was situated on land to the east of the Cat and Fiddle pub.

The nest was being monitored by a local raptor group who reported the theft to police after finding no evidence the chicks had been killed by another animal.

Merlin Falcons, the UK’s smallest bird of prey, are protected under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, making it an offence to take, injure or kill a bird or to take, damage or destroy its nest, eggs or young.

Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire Police wildlife co-ordinator Liz Hadfield on 101, quoting incident number 230 of July 1.

Alternatively, send her a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.

You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.