Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 14°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Sudbury: Charity to build fence to cage in ever-growing swan population

15:58 21 December 2012

Swans on the water at Brundon Lane in Sudbury.

Swans on the water at Brundon Lane in Sudbury.

PLANS to erect a fence to keep swans at bay at a beauty spot have been welcomed by residents.

Brundon Mill, in Sudbury, is well-known for the water fowl that congregate in the area and the site is popular with families who often stop to feed the birds.

But there are fears the swan population has grown too large.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “ We’ve counted over 100 swans here some days.

“The problem is they have got used to people and they often come out of the water and onto the road in pursuit of food when people approach with bread.

“It has become dangerous for both people and the swans because the road on the bridge is narrow and used by motorists who live here or own businesses in the area.”

Concerns have grown about safety on the lane since a grandmother was badly injured by a vehicle as she stood on the bridge feeding swans with her granddaughter last year.

In response, Sudbury Common Lands Charity, which manages land adjoining the mill pond, has proposed erecting a fence to keep the birds in the water and has taken advice from the RSPB on the issue.

But construction of the fence must wait until the Environment Agency first builds a canoe portage point on the bank.

“Construction of the portage point is subject to funding and planning permission and will not take place until at least the new financial year in 2013,” said a spokesperson for the agency.

0 comments

An aerial photograph of Parham Airfield, taken in 2012. Photo: Mike Page.

An investigation has been launched into the death of a man who was found electrocuted after an industrial accident at Parham Airfield.

Stock image.

A man in his 40s has been injured after his motorised glider crash landed in a field near Burgh St Peter in Norfolk on Wednesday evening.

Police at the scene near the River Stour in Sudbury.

The body of an older man has been recovered from the River Stour in Sudbury.

Tom Lawrence

With the end of the emergency loan windows it looks as though football clubs up and down Britain will be in for a busier-than-usual transfer deadline day.

The East of England Coop in Brightlingsea which was ram-raided.

A five-figure sum of money was stolen from a cash machine during a raid at a store in Essex, police have confirmed.

67-year-old Danny Drive will be taking part in Suffolk Historic Church Bike Ride on his 1949 Raleigh cycle.

When he takes to the roads in a charity bike ride next month, cyclist Danny Driver is expecting to stand out amongst the sea of high tech bicycles and Lycra.

A couple have taken some unusual selfies with the Pigs Gone Wild, posing up snaps with Lego figures

Newlyweds Sarah and Mike Richards have taken some unusual selfies with the Pigs Gone Wild – using a pair of Lego minifigures that topped their wedding cake.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24