A Wigan nature reserve appears to have been targeted by vandals yet again after pictures emerged of chopped-down trees.
Keen photographer and wildlife enthusiast Steve Heaton snapped the images of tall trees reduced to mere stumps a few feet high at Amberswood between Hindley and Ince.
Mr Heaton says walkers at the popular beauty spot are swapping stories of offenders with an axe carrying out the vandalism.
It has been a bad summer for Wigan’s wildlife after a series of devastating fires ripped through the Flashes, causing damage to habitats which conservationists have said could take a decade to recover from fully.
Callous yobs have also been decimating swan and other bird populations, with the latest shocking incident involving a male mute swan being lured to an
Amberswood bridge and then having a heavy object fatally thrown on to it, either while still in the water or on the bank,
Earlier this year, swans were also found dead after being shot by air rifles or similar weapons.
A local who is regular visitor the wood but didn’t want to be identified, said: “It’s a crying shame. People work so hard to make this a nice place and a miserable few come along and cause all sorts of chaos.
“We’ve had birds killed and now trees hacked down. What sort of pleasure do these idiots take in this kind of behaviour? It’s beyond me.”