Mindless vandalism at Grangemouth wildlife centre

Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre – one of the few places people would be able to enjoy peace and calm away from COVID-19 concerns when lockdown is eased – has now been trashed by hard partying vandals.

By James Trimble
Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 11:05 am

Currently closed due to coronavirus restrictions, the popular natural oasis, located near Wood Street in Grangemouth, was broken into over the weekend by offenders who had themselves a proper “party” – setting a fire in the woodland area, chucking rubbish and damaging signs, a picnic table and even the centre’s raised garden pond.

A Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre spokesperson said: “Really disappointing to discover Jupiter has been broken into over the weekend. A fire has been set in the woodland and litter has been scattered around the reserve.

"Our amazing raised garden pond has also been damaged in a way that will be very tricky to repair. If you know anyone who you think might have been involved, please speak to them about the impact their actions have.

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Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, Grangemouth

"This might have been a fun night for the young people involved, but it will take a lot of effort to repair the damage which has been done. Our staff and volunteers work very hard to make Jupiter a fantastic place for wildlife and people, so it's a real blow to see something like this happen.”

Police have been informed about the incident.

Managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre is free to enter and – in normal times – offers a year round programme of events for all ages which includes everything from bird box building, bush-craft to foraging for wild food.