Cows went on run at nature reserve after vandals broke fence
NOTTS Wildlife Trust has criticised the “mindless act of vandalism” which broke a fence and led to cows escaping a field at a nature reserve.
The charity said it happed at its Idle Valley Nature Reserve near Retford sometime over the weekend.
The fence appeared to have been damaged deliberately, the trust said, and some of the herd ended up in the nearby river Idle.
One cow also hurt itself on the broken fence, the trust said.
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Spokesman Charles Langtree said: “To have animals hurt as a result of mindless vandalism beggars belief.
“To find ourselves having to spend charitable funds meant for positive nature conservation to instead repair criminal damage is extremely frustrating.”
The charity said the vandalism has so far cost it more than £6,000 in materials and staff time.
All the cows have been returned to the field they escaped from.
The charity asked anyone with information about the damage to contact Notts Police on the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555111.