Nene Park plea after dog attacks on swans’ nests lead to destruction of eggs

Nene Park have pleaded with visitors to keep dogs on their leads after a series of attacks on Swans’ nests have seen eggs destroyed.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 4:59 am
Swans' nest at Nene Park.
Swans' nest at Nene Park.

Twice last week swans’ nests on Nene Park land were destroyed by dogs who had been let off their leads close to the water’s edge.

No swans are believed to have been harmed in these incidents but the destruction of nests has led to several eggs being lost and a likely reduction in the number of cygnets at the park this year.

Nene Park has stressed that is it particularly important to keep dogs on their lead at the moment given that it is nesting season. The season usually runs from March to August each year.

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A statement from Nene Park said: “Important visitor notice: Please keep dogs on leads and away from the water’s edge of our lakes and the river.

“It is nesting season and there have been two attacks on swans’ nests in the last few days with eggs being lost. Thank you for your cooperation in helping keep our wildlife safe.”