Four men will face court following the alleged destruction of rare hazel dormouse habitat in Hampshire.

It’s alleged that between January 1  and February 22 last year, hedgerows containing dormice on land at Petersfield Rugby Club were destroyed.

The following people have been issued a summons  to appear at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Thursday June 20:

  • Stuart Barden, 57, of Winchester Road, Petersfield;
  • David Cole, 34, of Weald Way, Petersfield;
  • Steve Field, 64, of Redwing Road, Clanfield;
  • Neil Hitch, 62, of Marybridge Close, Totton.

They all face one charge of damaging/destroying a breeding site/resting place of a wild animal of a European protected species.