Unfortunately, I’ve been reliably informed that during the last daylight hours of Friday evening (July 16th) a male person carrying birding-gear was seen in the reedbed very close to the presumed nest-site of the Little Bitterns at Ham Wall RSPB. When challenged, and asked to leave, his apparent response was “what’s it got to do with you, wank*r”. He then left and got away by one route as his challenger approached by another. Subsequently the local RSPB have closed this particular footpath access. Quite what this person was hopping to achieve, but it seems a sad event of perhaps one “rotten egg” letting down all serious minded birders.
Jeff Hazell (RSPB Volunteer and SOS Committee Member)