duck saved from attack at Nantwich Lake

Wildlife lovers in Nantwich are to launch a new conservation group to protect animals living at Nantwich Lake.

Caron Hull, who helped set up the Queens Park Wildlife Conservation Group last year, is spearheading the idea.

She set up the Queens Park one after an adult female swan was killed and one of her seven cygnets disappeared, leaving the adult to raise six cygnets alone.

“I walk my dog there every day, it was quite easy to gather a group of people who all felt saddened by her death and wanted to help,” said Caron.

“We raised quite a lot of money which we used to plant the two islands in the lake to help provide coverage for the duck. This project is ongoing.

“We also were able to donate money to Stapeley Grange RSPCA who have looked after four of the cygnets on various occasions.”

Caron Hull, Nantwich Lake Wildlife Conservation Group

Caron Hull

One of the cygnets left Queens Park and is now living at Nantwich lake, prompting Caron’s idea for a Nantwich Lake Wildlife Conservation Group.

“He is our success story as he made it there himself.

“Three of the other cygnets now live elsewhere but were taken to their new home via Stapeley after needing treatment for different incidents.

“We still have one at the park but we lost two to animal attacks. This was very upsetting.”

Caron’s idea has been backed by Noreen and David Moseley, who live on Shrewbridge Road close to the lake.

“They told me of various problems they have encountered during many years of living there,” added Caron.

Regular problems are ducks and swans crossing the busy A530 Whitchurch Road to reach greener grass on the other side.

Swan at Nantwich Lake, wildlife group

“Because of traffic speeds a number of ducks have been killed while crossing,” she added.

“There is also a problem with dogs off leads and a couple of months ago I rescued a little white duck that I saw being attacked by a dog in the river.

“The owners were no where to be seen. I took the duck to Stapeley and luckily it made a recovery.”

Last week, a new swan sculpture and signs were unveiled by the lake in a joint venture between Nantwich Town Council, Cheshire East Council, RSPCA and The Dogs Trust.

Caron now wants like-minded people interested in improving conditions at the lake for wildlife and to look out and report dogs off leads.

She has support from staff at RSPCA Stapeley, and local MP Edward Timpson has also agreed to meet the new group once formed.

Ideas include a floating island on the lake to provide a safe haven for wildlife to sleep on. Walkways could be added to access the island.

Caron also wants to see a fence along an area on Shrewbridge Road to stop birds walking into the road.

“These are just ideas at the moment but ultimately we just want to reduce the number of deaths/incidents,” said Caron.

“And we would consult with the RSPCA centre to make sure any ideas would benefit wildlife and not cause more problems,” she added.

Anyone interested in joining the group can meet at 3.30pm tomorrow (Saturday April 18) by Nantwich Lake.

For more details, contact Caron on 07880 353 221.

swan family at Queens Park in Crewe

3 Comments

  1. Mr Rowley says:

    Caron,
    You are doing a great job,,I have been saying for long time now we want a island in the middle of the lake and a big one at that, and some pontoons around the lake,I think if we got together we could make these our selves,
    Kind regards

    ROb&Lins.

  2. Little Mal says:

    What a good idea, specially the construction of an island. Mind you the value of the island as a refuge would be defeated if it can be accessed by a walkway. Can something be done to create a proper island where the silt beds are. This would perk up a grotty area.
    The proposal to construct a barrier to reduce the chances of the waterfowl straying on the main road is sound. It would be good if it were placed so the birds are not excreting on the footpath. Dog owners bag their dogs excrement, no such facility exists for the birds. The mess they make is as much a health hazard as dogs’ muck.
    Finally ensuring that dogs are under control works well, this does not mean they have to on a lead, unless they cannot be controlled.

  3. Jack Riggall says:

    Great idea and nice to see Edward Timpson doing something to help wild animals for a change.

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