Council rules out action to help Maldon park swans against fox attack

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Pat Thompson Pat Thompson

An animal lover is annoyed a council has ruled out building a platform in a lake to help swans at risk of attack.

Maldon District Council said it would consider Pat Thompson’s request after seven cygnets were killed and their mother needed her wing amputated following a fox attack.

But in the last week, a spokesman said: “Officers have looked at the suggested floating island but fear that this will not prevent such an attack occurring again so no action is proposed at this time."

Mrs Thompson, of King Street, Maldon, received a copy of an email from a council officer which said swans will nest in the reeds and find it impossible to get onto the platform, which would cost quite a bit of money and could become a target for vandals, and foxes can swim.

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5:08pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Jack222 says...

Sorry for the swan but what could the council do? Kil all the foxes? Make a huge fence so we cant see in? Move the Swan to a zoo? There is no sensible option as far as I can see it....
Sorry for the swan but what could the council do? Kil all the foxes? Make a huge fence so we cant see in? Move the Swan to a zoo? There is no sensible option as far as I can see it.... Jack222
  • Score: 2

5:48pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Madamejane says...

How can this lady be sure it was a fox. Iv seen cats take signets before, also only this week ,more then once have seen groups of youths hanging around up to no good. Their behaviour and language was awful! I thought the park ranger was meant to keep a look out for this sort of behaviour! The poor foxes get the blame every time, if she is a animal lover respect them as well.
How can this lady be sure it was a fox. Iv seen cats take signets before, also only this week ,more then once have seen groups of youths hanging around up to no good. Their behaviour and language was awful! I thought the park ranger was meant to keep a look out for this sort of behaviour! The poor foxes get the blame every time, if she is a animal lover respect them as well. Madamejane
  • Score: -1

10:09pm Sat 28 Jun 14

An alternative view says...

You see... Fox PR in action...its *never* the foxes, they're gorgeous and don't eat wild foul, they'd only ever eat tofu and organic veg... it's those yobs you know!
You see... Fox PR in action...its *never* the foxes, they're gorgeous and don't eat wild foul, they'd only ever eat tofu and organic veg... it's those yobs you know! An alternative view
  • Score: 0

11:22am Sun 29 Jun 14

Jack222 says...

The actual issue is that there is no solution.
The actual issue is that there is no solution. Jack222
  • Score: 1

10:33am Mon 30 Jun 14

Hawthorne says...

Imagine if you the prom away, and all the fences, paths, play area and the ornamental lake, and you'd have the area looking as nature intended before we showed up. There'd be a swans nest somewhere in the resulting marshland, and funnily enough a fox would attack it. This is happening all along the waterside, everywhere. It's not our problem, and it's not up to us to try and interfere.
Imagine if you the prom away, and all the fences, paths, play area and the ornamental lake, and you'd have the area looking as nature intended before we showed up. There'd be a swans nest somewhere in the resulting marshland, and funnily enough a fox would attack it. This is happening all along the waterside, everywhere. It's not our problem, and it's not up to us to try and interfere. Hawthorne
  • Score: 0

1:39pm Mon 30 Jun 14

FamouSam says...

Animal lover in attempt to starve foxes.
Animal lover in attempt to starve foxes. FamouSam
  • Score: 1
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