Swans facing death in a search for food

This Is Wiltshire: Sue Hulbert with the swans Sue Hulbert with the swans

WHILE feeding the swans may normally be a harmless pastime, a swan rescue volunteer is warning it could be life-threatening for one family of birds.

Four cygnets and two adult swans have been crossing Kingshill Road every day for the past few weeks to eat bread and corn that are being thrown to them by people nearby.

Sue Hulbert, who runs the South West Swan Sanctuary, was with police at 10am yesterday to return the birds to the canal safely and said it was only a matter of time before one of them is hit by a vehicle.

“The swans from the Kingshill canal keep crossing the main road and going down on to the grass between the houses and people are feeding them,” she said.

“They are going to the same place every day. That is a busy road and sooner or later they will cop it.

“People shouldn’t feed them in that area as they keep going back for more. If people want to feed them it is a five-minute walk down to the canal.”

Sue guides the swans back to the canal each day, which takes about 15 minutes depending on the swans’ behaviour, while police stop traffic in Kingshill Road.

“The police are very good. They are always there to give me a hand. “Sometimes they call me after receiving calls from the public or I call them if I am first to hear about it,” said Sue.

The swans started coming out of the canal and roaming by the houses on the same side of the road earlier this year, but last month they started crossing the road.

“It wasn’t so bad at first because they weren’t on the main road but now they have found their way across. They cross by the petrol station,” said Sue.

“They are going to get killed, I can’t be there all the time. I am very worried.

“Swans do go on walkabouts but not every day like they are. Nice people feed them but I need them to go down to the canal instead.

“When the swans realise there isn’t any food, they should stop.”

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: “Since September 27 we have had 13 reports from the public about swans crossing at the bottom of Kingshill Road.

“People have been calling to let us know there are delays and there is congestion.”

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:30pm Tue 23 Oct 12

cherryblossom says...

I will be going down at the weekend myself to feed them, and besides it will be a nice walk along the canal, we dont appreciate the nice places we have in Swindon to walk...maybe the people feeding them would appreciate the walk down there too?
I will be going down at the weekend myself to feed them, and besides it will be a nice walk along the canal, we dont appreciate the nice places we have in Swindon to walk...maybe the people feeding them would appreciate the walk down there too? cherryblossom
  • Score: 0

9:30pm Tue 23 Oct 12

jerry59 says...

They don't need to be fed by you or anyone else, as there's enough natural food. Why are you going down there to feed them?. They are there to be observed, so why don't you just leave them alone to get on with their lives. It's people like you that cause all the problems in the first place by feeding these wild creatures with ready and unnatural food. Plus, you can hardly call it a canal when it's around 300 yards long ending at the back of a ESSO station.
They don't need to be fed by you or anyone else, as there's enough natural food. Why are you going down there to feed them?. They are there to be observed, so why don't you just leave them alone to get on with their lives. It's people like you that cause all the problems in the first place by feeding these wild creatures with ready and unnatural food. Plus, you can hardly call it a canal when it's around 300 yards long ending at the back of a ESSO station. jerry59
  • Score: 0

9:32pm Tue 23 Oct 12

jerry59 says...

And don't keep giving them that cheap white bread. It's no good for them!
And don't keep giving them that cheap white bread. It's no good for them! jerry59
  • Score: 0

9:57pm Tue 23 Oct 12

Oliver Dummassie says...

I didn't know Swindon had a canal
I didn't know Swindon had a canal Oliver Dummassie
  • Score: 0

8:04am Wed 24 Oct 12

Gerequois says...

The canal is actually over a mile long (over 2000 yards, not 300) - in fact, it's now even longer as they have extended it through wichelstowe - if you factor in the new section, it's around 2 miles long (or over 4000 yards). It's a nice feature and certainly worth a visit for a walk.
The canal is actually over a mile long (over 2000 yards, not 300) - in fact, it's now even longer as they have extended it through wichelstowe - if you factor in the new section, it's around 2 miles long (or over 4000 yards). It's a nice feature and certainly worth a visit for a walk. Gerequois
  • Score: 0

10:01am Wed 24 Oct 12

cherryblossom says...

jerry59 wrote:
They don't need to be fed by you or anyone else, as there's enough natural food. Why are you going down there to feed them?. They are there to be observed, so why don't you just leave them alone to get on with their lives. It's people like you that cause all the problems in the first place by feeding these wild creatures with ready and unnatural food. Plus, you can hardly call it a canal when it's around 300 yards long ending at the back of a ESSO station.
Why I go to feed them is my business, you miserable old ****...get a life!, it has been known that people often go to feed ducks and swans with their kids you know!, maybe you should get off your miserable ar$e and go for a walk to cheer yourself up!
[quote][p][bold]jerry59[/bold] wrote: They don't need to be fed by you or anyone else, as there's enough natural food. Why are you going down there to feed them?. They are there to be observed, so why don't you just leave them alone to get on with their lives. It's people like you that cause all the problems in the first place by feeding these wild creatures with ready and unnatural food. Plus, you can hardly call it a canal when it's around 300 yards long ending at the back of a ESSO station.[/p][/quote]Why I go to feed them is my business, you miserable old ****...get a life!, it has been known that people often go to feed ducks and swans with their kids you know!, maybe you should get off your miserable ar$e and go for a walk to cheer yourself up! cherryblossom
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree