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 15 April 2014

Cockerel owner is taken to court as bird wakes village

Published on the14April 

ACTION is being taken by a council against a woman over her noisy cockerel, which they say is keeping a village awake.

Helen Rogers says she is a breeder of rare cockerels, chickens and ducks and cannot understand why people have complained about the noise considering they live in the countryside.

But other residents of Hambledon say their lives have been made a misery by the crowing from the birds on land off Church Lane, Hambledon – previously known as St Peter’s Farm.

Last year a noise abatement order was served on Mrs Rogers, whose family own the land, by Winchester City Council.

But neighbours say the crowing continued through the night and now Mrs Rogers, who lives in Chichester, must appear before Fareham Magistrates on Thursday to answer three breaches of the noise abatement notice.

Mrs Rogers, 57, said: ‘I breed rare chickens and ducks and sell them.

‘I was asked to put the cockerel in closed quarters in a darkened room and not to let him out until 9am.

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