Vandals have attacked wild life on the Millfarm estate in Dunboyne.
As our exclusive photo shows someone has even gone to the bother of securing the nest to the tree by use of a piece of wood and a nail.
Birdwatch Ireland told Meath Live, ‘ It is illegal to interfere with a nesting bird or to harm a nest in any way.
‘ This law is in place because attacks such as these leave the nest unprotected and the birds vulnerable to predators, this is an especially cruel thing to do at this time as it is nesting season for birds.
‘ Whoever did this clearly had to see the nest and that makes it a very callous attack.’