Security cameras have been installed at a woodland that was the target of a cruel attack on wildlife.

CCTV warning signs have also been placed on the nest boxes at Pen yr Allt Woods in Llanidloes to act as a crime deterrent.

A notice warns people not to open the nest boxes and that it is against the law to disturb birds at the site.

Ceri Jones, Allt Woods Nest Box Project leader, said: “Sorry that it came to this, but there are now cameras on the nest boxes. If the lockdown eases on time I will hold an educational session in the woods."

Dyfed-Powys Police has been conducting high-visibility patrols through Pen Yr Allt woods following the destruction of birds nests last month.The Llanidloes community was left devastated after eggs were found smashed in their nests after rocks were placed on top of them.

Police are investigating the incident, which is believed to have happened some time between 8.30pm on Monday, May 18, and 7am on Tuesday, May 19.

Since then, members of the to local policing team have been conducting high profile patrols through the woodland to deter any other incidents of wildlife crime.