iPhone Users Warned Off
Wildlife experts have criticised a growing number of amateur and professional wildlife photographers for using their smartphones to play birdsong noises, with the aim of luring birds out of their nests to get a picture. This problem has been highlighted by staff at Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire who have reported many incidents of birds such as Cetti’s warblers being disturbed by mobile phones during the breeding season. The practice can lead to eggs not hatching and chicks going hungry as the adults are preoccupied with a threat that doesn’t actually exist. For this reason staff at the reserve have raised the possibility of prosecuting these tech-savvy birdwatchers under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which makes disturbing wildlife an offence.