Farmer appeals against ospreys conviction
A KESWICK farmer convicted of recklessly disturbing a pair of rare breeding ospreys will have his appeal heard next week.
Paul Barnes (59), Brook Cottage, was found guilty of two charges following a trial at Workington Magistrates’ Court last August.
He had always denied two offences of disturbing a nesting site of a wild bird near Bassenthwaite Lake, in June, 2017 — the first charge relating to a male osprey and the second to a female — brought under the Country and Wildlife Act 1981.
Following a three-day trial, he was found guilty and fined £300, ordered to pay court costs of £2,000 and a victim surcharge of £30.
His appeal against the conviction is due to be heard at Carlisle Crown Court on Wednesday and the hearing is expected to last three days.