Stuck at home during lockdown, Richard Taylor-Jones swapped exotic creatures for garden wildlife.
One of the region's wildlife trusts says its reserves have experienced a larger number of fires, vandalism, an "unprecendented increase" in littering, and disturbance to habitats as a result of more people visiting as lockdown restrictions are eased.
Essex Wildlife Trust said some of its reserves "have taken a battering as the lifting of some lockdown rules coincides with warmer weather leading to a surge of people outdoors".
Among the desecration was a shot buzzard while a goose and a sheep were injured by an uncontrolled dog.
Wildflowers have also been trampled, including rare orchids and oxlips at Westwood and Shadwell Wood nature reserves.
Other incidents include:
- Fires on open land at Langdon, Chafford, Woodham Fenn and Roding Valley
- Suspected arson on a bird hide at Howlands Marsh
- Windows were broken in at Chafford Gorges, gates ripped off their hinges at Langdon, fencing damaged at Oliver Road Lagoons and Two Tree Island
There has also been illegal fishing and camping at several reserves.
The Trust has issued a plea for visitors to respect reserves and follow its simple guidelines.