Vandals strike at another nature reserve
Wednesday 30th May 2012
Estates staff at Northumberland Wildlife Trust are sickened that vandals have struck at another of its nature reserves.
Less than three weeks since a new information display worth £1500 was damaged at its Close House nature reserve in the Tyne Valley, vandals have smashed the legs off an identical, brand new display, worth around £2,000 at its East Cramlington Pond reserve.
The Trust hopes to replace the display in due course, but, in the meantime, is urging anybody who sees anything suspicious taking place on any of its reserves to contact the local police immediately.
The ponds at the East Cramlington site are particularly good for toads and in the early autumn thousands of tiny toadlets can be seen making their way from the pond. Dragonflies such as the common and ruddy darters and azure damselflies are common on the reserves and water birds such as moorhen utilise the secluded areas of rush and reed.
Every year, the light nights lead to an increase in activity on its reserves which very often lead to more damage.