Received from Natural England this afternoon.
So this confirms that someone called ‘Trustee of 4th Duke of Westminster 1964 Settlement’, which I take to mean the Abbeystead Estate in this instance, committed offences in late June and early July 2017 in the Bowland Fells SSSI, to wit the bumping off of juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gulls and activities likely to damage the fauna.
There is a list of things that have to be done in future attached to this compliance order, some of which look quite interesting to me and I’ll be phoning a friend about them, or perhaps looking out for some experts at the Bird Fair.
No fine. Just a letter. A slap on the wrist saying ‘You broke the law, don’t break it next year’. The ‘Trustee of 4th Duke of Westminster 1964 Settlement’ must be quaking in its/their boots. Although I expect that NE are seeking to recover their legal costs against the offenders.