Trial date set for brothers

Two Amble brothers charged with wildlife offences at Coquet Island bird reserve will face trial on November 14.

Derwick Ramsey, 42, pleaded not guilty to disturbing nesting roseate terns on July 20 this year. He also denied having a small red cabin cruiser capable of being used to commit an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

Leslie Ramsey, 41, also denied the boat offence but admitted disturbing nesting terns.

Coquet Island has the UK’s only breeding colony of roseates, a red-listed species of high conservation concern. This summer, there were 71 breeding pairs of the ground-nesting birds.

Magistrates at Bedlington adjourned the case for trial and extended conditional bail.

Derwick Ramsey must live at home at Dandsfield Square and his brother at Charles Road and both are required to make no attempt to land at Coquet Island.

Disturbing the species carries up to six months in jail and a fine of £5,000.