Lancashire Police are calling on local residents to spring into action when it comes to protecting wildlife in the county.
The Constabulary’s Wildlife Crime Officer Mark Thomas is reminding people living in the countryside of their responsibilities whilst appealing for their continued vigilance in the fight against wildlife and rural crime.
“We know that at this time of year, most species are producing young and are at their most vulnerable," he said, "so I'm appealing for the public to help us combat wildlife crime by reporting any concerns or suspicious incidents to the police.
“As it is lambing season, we also need to remind people that the control of crows such as Magpies is legal at this time of year and that Larsden and Ladder traps and their derivatives should be left alone.
"There have been several instances of these traps being deliberately destroyed in the misguided effort to stop this form of legal pest control so, if people are unsure, please leave traps alone and report the matter to the police.
“We are extremely grateful to the public for their support and would ask for their continued vigilance to help protect the wildlife in and around Lancashire.”