Bird feeders at a Horsham nature reserve have been turned into deadly traps - in a second cruel stunt at the wildlife site.
The bird feeders - at Warnham Nature Reserve - have been daubed with glue and have led RSPCA officials to step up a hunt for those responsible. They want to trace two men seen in the area at the time.
A council park warden discovered the cruel traps in trees next to a bird hide last Tuesday, just two months after six birds were found dead having been stuck to similar traps in the same location.
Five blue tits and one great tit were found dead in the first incident and several others were injured.
The ‘glue’ - known as bird lime - was placed on the feeders to trap any bird that came into contact with it. The same substance has been used in the latest incident.
The RSPCA’s Special Operations Unit is now investigating and is appealing for information.
Chief Inspector Will Mitchell said: “Six birds have already died due to these cruel traps being set up in this nature reserve.
“We are now renewing our appeal for anyone with information to get in touch with us so we can find those individuals responsible for inflicting slow and painful deaths on these poor wild birds.”
The RSPCA first issued an appeal after the entangled dead birds were found at the nature reserve on September 13. Despite following up a number of lines of enquiries, officers were unable to track down those responsible.
Chief Inspector Mitchell added: “It is illegal under the Wildlife and Countryside Act to trap or attempt to trap wild birds and this type of trapping causes immense distress and suffering to the birds.
“We’d ask anyone who was in the area and saw anyone acting suspiciously to contact us on our appeal line: 0300 123 8018.”
Two men were seen in the area at the time. Both are described as being in their early to mid-20s, between 5ft 10ins and 6ft tall and were wearing jeans and trainers.
One was wearing a blue parka and the other a blue puffer jacket and black Raiders baseball hat.