Painting by Sir Peter Scott’s former Fenland poacher to go under the hammer

AN original painting by a former poacher who worked for Sir Peter Scott is among a sale of sporting goods going under the hammer on Friday.

Kenzie Thorpe, a well-known poacher for the founder of the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust who went on to own Sutton Bridge lighthouse, also turned his hand to producing paintings of birdlife over The Wash - including pink-footed geese.

The framed painting shows geese in the Fenland skyscape and has a guide price of �300-�500.

The wildfowler was renowned for being on the wrong side of the law having racked up �120 (17s 9d) in fines and 29 charges of poaching between 1931 and 1956.

He also had four guns confiscated during a time when in one season he shot 414 pinkfoot geese, around 1.5 per cent of the world’s population.

The sale will be held at Gaywood Community Centre. For more information contact Collins on 01553 774566.