Farmer appeals against ospreys conviction

Date: Friday 18th January 2019

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.