Stody Estate gamekeeper convicted of poisoning 10 buzzards & a sparrowhawk

allen-lambert-stody-estateBreaking news from @RSPBBirders….

(Former) Stody Estate gamekeeper, Allen Lambert, has today been found guilty of poisoning 10 buzzards and a sparrowhawk, and of having a poisoner’s kit.

Sentencing due in November.

Well done indeed to the RSPB Investigations Team, Norfolk Constabulary and the CPS.

RSPB press release, including link to a video of the crime scene and details of other charges to which Lambert had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing, here.

We’ll be blogging some more about this case shortly…[UPDATE: see here]

Meanwhile, here’s a question. Was/is convicted mass poisoner Allen Lambert a member of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation? Let’s ask them. Emails to: info@nationalgamekeepers.org.uk

Here are nine of the buzzards he poisoned:

Lambert 9 bz

28 Responses to “Stody Estate gamekeeper convicted of poisoning 10 buzzards & a sparrowhawk”

  1. October 1, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    There must be millions of gamekeepers in britain for such a large number of convicted wildlife criminals to be classed by them as the tiny minority making the rest look bad

  2. 2 Circus maxima
    October 1, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    An upright member of the NGO?

    Typical of his shoddy profession?

  3. 4 Rob
    October 1, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Also worth asking the Rural Payments Agency whether they will be imposing a fine on the Stody Estate’s Single Farm Payment due to a breach in Statutory Management Requirement 1. Breaches can be reported on csc@rpa.gsi.gov.uk.

    • 5 lazerock
      October 9, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      Hi Rob,

      I did this and received the following one line response:-

      “Re: Environmental Information Regulations – Information Request

      “Thank you for your email dated 3 October 2014, which we have dealt with under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).

      “RPA can confirm there is no investigation ongoing.

      “If you are not happy with the way we have handled your request, you can ask for an internal review. These requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to: Access to Information, Rural Payments Agency, North Gate House, 21-23 Valpy Street, Reading, RG1 1AF.”

      … So that’s it. No investigation, nothing to see here…

      Ollie Wright

  4. 6 Paul Tavernor
    October 1, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    It’s just utterly shameful, and the law needs to match the crime. The owners on the estates need to be equally punished. With a prison sentence, not slapped wrists. They think they know about land management but they know nothing.

  5. 8 crypticmirror
    October 1, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I bet he gets no worse than a token slap on the wrist, if even that.

  6. 9 Chris Roberts
    October 1, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Lets hope that the sentence fits the crime,

  7. October 1, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I have emailed the NGO regarding this man but won’t be holding my breath in the hope of getting an answer

  8. 11 Pete Woodruff
    October 1, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Query re membership of the NGO duly sent to address supplied by you. Will let you know what the reply says in due course as we know you will let us know too.

  9. 16 keen birder.
    October 1, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Absolute shyster, he deserves prison for sure, very sad seeing that photo of the dead Buzzards, I could cry . Absolute twat.

  10. 17 nirofo
    October 1, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    About time, now lets hope they throw the book at him, no paltry fine and a few weaserly words of warning this time. Make an example of him and maybe it just might make other wildlife criminals think twice before they do harm to our rapidly dwindling wildlife.

  11. October 1, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    “As changes and challenges emerge in the countryside, stirring opportunities and threats in equal measure, Lycetts takes an innovative and flexible approach to insurance and risk management to enable our clients to plan for the unpredictable.” ……just as well then ?!

  12. 19 Jimmy
    October 2, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Should get jail time..but I’m not holding my breath

  13. 20 Dougie
    October 2, 2014 at 8:29 am

    How come this case was brought to a relatively speedy conclusion and yet cases such as that involving gamekeeper George Mutch drag on like a soap opera.

    • 21 crypticmirror
      October 2, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Obviously Mutch has better lawyers, possibly with Scot’s law having higher evidence standards than English law it is was easier to get this through.

  14. 22 Nick Moran
    October 2, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Huge congratulations to birdwatchers in / visiting the area who logged their Buzzard sightings: http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/birdtrack/news-archive/2014-10/mass-raptor-poisoning

    Your humble counts of Buzzard helped to undermine a key element of the defence’s case, which asserted that Buzzard is not abundant enough in Norfolk for it to be possible to kill so many individuals in one place.

    It would be great to see this contribution by ‘normal’ birdwatchers both celebrated and heralded as something we can ALL do in the fight against wildlife crime.

    • 23 Norfolk Birder
      October 2, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      Quite agree Nick. Normal birders can also e-mail the Rural Payments Agency as suggested above and ask them to to investigate a potential cross compliance breach. Farmers receive public subsidy via the Single Farm Payment Scheme and one the few conditions attached to this payment is that they comply with the law. Poisoning raptors, or allowing raptors to be poisoned, on your land is not complying with the law and therefore they should have a fine imposed on the amount of public money they receive. Hit the bastards where it hurts – in their pocket.

  15. 24 me
    October 2, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    If this “man” had the capacity to think for himself and not bow down to needs of his greedy,pea brained,I’ll do what I like because I can,employer,then I think he would have seen he was no longer acting as a sane human being,but gone over to the side of where insanity prevails,where he has gotten away with so much for so long he gets some sick joy out of his actions.Its not the jail he should get,but put in a mental hospital.

    • 25 bend and drive
      October 4, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      We keep hearing that its the cumulative effect that raptors have on game birds.

      What is the cumulative effect that this individual has had on raptors. On one day he is found to have killed 11 raptors,multiply that by how long he has been employed as a gamekeeper and multiply that by how many gamekeepers are killing raptors.
      This then explains why national populations are effected.

      Those that are the holocaust deniers that claim raptor persecution is vastly inflated…………where are you now?

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