As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Cambridge swan invasion blamed on too many people feeding them bread

Conservators on the River Cam ask visitors not to feed the swans, warning it could be poisoning them

By Agency

3:20PM BST 11 Oct 2015

A swan invasion has hit Cambridge with 10 times the usual number of the Queen's birds nesting on the city's river.

More than 100 swans have moved onto a stretch the River Cam - popular with rowers and punters - where there are usually between 10 to 20.

"Feeding them stale bread is also not recommended as mold is poisonous to swans.
Jed Ramsey

The increase has been blamed on people feeding the birds by throwing large pieces of bread, which also attracts rats and could bring a spike in Weil's Disease.

Conservators on the River Cam have asked people not to feed the swans, warning that bread is not only attracting too many birds, but could be poisoning them.

Jed Ramsey, river manager for the Conservators, said: "My staff have noticed that this year there is a larger than usual number of swans on Cam, particularly in the city centre.

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