Norfolk gamekeeper faces series of raptor persecution charges

scales of justiceA Norfolk gamekeeper is facing seven charges of alleged wildlife crime.

Allen Lambert, 64, of Stody, near Melton Constable, has been charged with killing 16 wild birds (14 buzzards, 1 sparrowhawk and 1 tawny owl), possession of nine birds (buzzards), failure to comply with a firearms certificate, and four counts of possession and storage of banned poisons (Aldicarb and Mevinphos).

The alleged offences took place between January and April 2013.

Lambert is currently on bail and will appear before King’s Lynn Magistrates court on Thursday (19th Dec).

News articles here and here

9 Responses to “Norfolk gamekeeper faces series of raptor persecution charges”

  1. 1 Chris Roberts
    December 16, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    I wonder just how many times this gets postponed!

  2. 2 nirofo
    December 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Time for a large book to be thrown I think, but I suppose we’ll get more of the usual prevaricating from the judge and a meaningless sentencing if any sentencing at all.

  3. 3 Circus maxima
    December 17, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Read the story carefully folks….it only says 19th Dec….no mention of what year!

  4. 4 frz
    December 17, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Alan Tilmouth as posted some interesting information about this case: http://dustybins.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/raptor-persecution-at-heart-of-game.html

    >A little rooting around on the internet and unless Stody Estate, Norfolk employs two keepers named Allen Lambert it would appear to be the same keeper as heralded in the ‘prestigous’ Field Sports magazine shoot review that can be read here [ http://www.fieldsportsmagazine.com/UK-Shoots/stody-estate-norfolk.html ]. This gamekeeper charged with these alleged offences was employed by estate owner and former president of the Country Landowners Association and former trustee of The Game Conservancy ( now known as the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust) Ian Macnicol. A man at the very heart of the game and shooting industry.

    >Stody Estate as can be seen from the review is one of those estates that are constantly trumpeted by the GWCT and shooting press as examples of ‘good shoots’, virtuous and beneficial to local wildlife (especially the bits that can be shot). They have a High Level Stewardship Agreement with Natural England, presumably receiving much public funding as a result. Company records show that the estate has received £1.4m in EU Farm subsidies over the last 10 year period that figures are available for.

  5. 7 Norfolk Birder
    December 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    If the keeper is found guilty, I wonder whether the Rural Payments Agency will impose a financial penalty on the estate and deduct a percentage of their Single Farm Payment and Environmental Stewardship income. Illegal raptor persecution is contrary to the Statutory Management Requirements that all land managers are supposed to abide by to receive their subsidy. If anyone reading this comment is minded to make the appropriate enquiries with the RPA I’d be very grateful. For a number of reasons I am unable to do this myself.

  6. 8 Merlin
    December 17, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    How embarrassing for the Estate, but being country people at heart it makes you wonder how they hadn’t noticed the local buzzard population had disappeared. having read the article from Fieldsports magazine one sentence says everything you need to know
    “With foxes, crows, magpies, rooks and squirrels, he is kept busy. “But there are many people who don’t realise that unless we controlled vermin, never mind pheasants, there would be no other wildlife to speak of.”
    Makes you wonder how wildlife exists in many parts of the country were there are no keepers, how the hell has our wildlife managed to survive for millenia without keepers looking after it. There is one simple word that describes the reason for killing protected wildlife “GREED” pure and simple “GREED”

  7. 9 Norfolk Birder
    December 20, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Lambert pleaded guilty to three pesticide charges but not guilty to killing and possessing dead birds. Case adjourned to January. Press link here – http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/former_gamekeeper_denies_killing_and_possessing_dead_birds_1_3134925

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