FOUR wild birds have been caught in a trap in a Herefordshire village.

Police says that a Yarkhill resident found a number of pieces of green garden cane smeared with "bird-lime" or a similar adhesive substance in which four birds have become trapped in.


"Thankfully the birds have been treated and released to a wildlife rescue centre for rehabilitation," said PC Josh Kitchen in a statement.

"We are aware of a similar incident in Yarkhill around a month ago and previous reports of similar incidents in the Weobley and Bodenham areas over the last 12-18 months.

"The trapping of birds, by any method, including bird lime and similar sticky traps, is illegal.

"The offences of intentionally taking wild birds and possessing traps are all contrary to the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981.

"A sticky trap causes huge amounts of distress and suffering to animals.

"A handmade stick covered in bird lime is an indiscriminate way to ensnare birds that often causes a slow and agonising death.

"We are appealing for any information in order to identify those responsible and are also asking for anyone with any information about the sale of wild birds to also get in touch."

Police are appealing for any information regarding the incident.

You can report online via or anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website: quoting incident 191 i 20112021.