Man disturbed rare birds

Date: Friday 17th August 2018

A KESWICK man has been found guilty of recklessly disturbing a pair of rare ospreys which were raising their young at Bassenthwaite.

Paul Barnes (58), Brook Cottage, appeared at Workington Magistrates’ Court this week and pleaded not guilty to two offences of disturbing a nesting site of a wild bird — the first charge relating to a male osprey and the second to a female.

Barnes, a farmer who carries out tours as part of his business, drove his tractor and trailer with children on board near to the ospreys’ nest in June, 2017. The birds were scared from their nest for 20 minutes.

Following a three-day trial, he was found guilty on Wednesday and fined £300, and ordered to pay court costs of £2,000 and a victim surcharge of £30.