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Keswick man denies disturbing osprey nest

Carlisle Magistrates Court
Carlisle Magistrates Court

[A] Keswick man faces two-charges of intentionally or recklessly disturbing an osprey while it was on its nest or near to a nest containing its eggs or young.

Paul Martin Barnes, 58, of Brook Cottage, Keswick pleaded not guilty to both allegations.

Barrister, Alison Whalley appeared at Carlisle Magistrates Court on behalf Mr Barnes who was excused from attending.

The charges on the official court-papers allege the offences took place on June 13, 2017, at Thornthwaite, near Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick.

One of the allegations relate to a female osprey and the other allegation a male osprey, both allegations have been brought under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

During today’s hearing a trial was arranged to be held at Workington Magistrates Court over 13, 14 and 15 August.

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