Geese carcasses dumped in a ditch near Hardy Monument

Geese carcasses dumped in a ditch near Hardy Monument

Published by George Sharpe at 12:38pm 1st October 2019. (Updated at 7:06am 2nd October 2019)

WARNING: This story contains photographs which some people may find upsetting.

The bodies of seven Canada Geese have been found with their breast meat removed in a ditch near Hardy Monument on the Blackdown Nature Reserve.

It's thought they were killed by poachers sometime overnight on the 29th September.

Councillor Ray Bryan, Dorset Council's portfolio holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said:

"This is a despicable crime against nature.

"The birds have been butchered for a small amount of meat, with no respect shown to them after they have been killed. 

"We pride the work we do for the benefit of wildlife in Dorset - our countryside teams strive to create and maintain habitats suitable for wildlife to flourish but there are a small minority of people who have a blatant disregard for nature."

The breasts of seven Canada Geese were found wit their breasts removed near Hardy Monument
The breasts of seven Canada Geese were found wit their breasts removed near Hardy Monument

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area or who has any other information about the geese is urged to contact the Council or Dorset Police.