Following a theft in November, the newly replaced entry gates at Waterford Heath Nature Reserve have been stolen again last week.

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, who manages the nature reserve near Hertford, urges anyone who visited the site last week and might have information to come forward. The gates, located close to the reserve’s car park at the southern entrance, had been stolen in November for the first time and had just been replaced in January, when they were reported missing again on 15 February by reserve volunteer warden Steve Kiln.

Jenny Sherwen, Senior Reserves Officer at the Trust, says: “It is really a shame that the gates here at Waterford Heath keep disappearing because this means essentially stealing from nature. The gates cost nearly £400 to replace, funds and staff time that would otherwise be dedicated to helping wildlife.”

The Trust believes that this was not an act of random vandalism, as the metal fittings of the gates seem to have been cut off with an angle grinder. The theft has since been reported to the police who are investigating. If you have witnessed anything in the week from 11 February, please get in touch with Hertfordshire Police.