Paul the Harbour Master had been called to the lower canal basin to retrieve a deceased adult Cob swan. On arrival, it was found to have had its head ripped off by what he would have thought a large dog – it looked fairly fresh. He was understandably upset and distressed.
If anyone has any information about this, please contact Sue or the Harbourmaster. After talking to Paul, Sue says he is sure the damaged must be been caused by a large aggressive dog. Please, if you are unsure what your dog will be like around wildlife, keep them on a lead so things like this don’t happen.
Incidentally, until 1998, killing or injuring a swan was classed as treason, under an ancient law dating back to the 12th century. It is still an offence to injure, take or kill a wild swan as they are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.