Renewed call to control Chesham bird population

Birds in Lowndes Park

Birds in Lowndes Park

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

FED-UP Chesham residents have again said they want the bird population in the town's most popular park to be brought under control.

Back in 2007 more than two thirds of people asked said they felt the birds around Skottowes Pond in Lowndes Park were creating a nuisance and their numbers needed reducing.

And those views have been backed up in a recent residents' survey carried out by Chesham Town Council, which owns the park.

A report on the survey's findings said: "Many people were unhappy about the amount of fouling of footpaths and lower lawns by the waterfowl, in particular the Canada Geese. 117 people called for waterfowl numbers to be managed, with 67 suggesting that the paths surrounding the pond should be cleaned more frequently."

But it added: "However, there was a very low understanding about the causes of over-population and fouling, with only eight people suggesting that more should be done to prevent the public from feeding the waterfowl with bread."

When the issue was last raised councillors considered moving some of the problem birds - which were mainly geese - on to a different site.

A cull of the birds was also mooted but councillors said they would only consider the move as a last resort.

The new report also noted that 14 residents suggested there should be more restrictions on dogs in Lowndes Park, with dog-free zones one of the ideas put forward.

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11:05pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

... dog free zones...?
What they would do is shoo the bleedin birds oft!
And then some off the do goodies that feed them white bread by the loaves.
BTW the birds would go some other place to eat natural food, err that is unless some clot had built some houses on it?
... dog free zones...? What they would do is shoo the bleedin birds oft! And then some off the do goodies that feed them white bread by the loaves. BTW the birds would go some other place to eat natural food, err that is unless some clot had built some houses on it? Mr Totterdge Hill
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