Two Swans Killed by Dogs at Lewes Railway Lands

Taken from Lewes Railway Lands Wildlife Trust Facebook page.

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) is asking members of the public to keep their dogs under control whilst walking on the Lewes Railways Lands and River Ouse after dealing with two fatally injured swans since Christmas.

The latest incident which occurred on Saturday 18th January 2020 in the fields close to one of the drainage dykes. A previous incident occurred on 28th December 2019 opposite the rowing club on the eastern side of the Lewes Railway Lands. Rescuers from East Sussex WRAS rushed to the scene on both occasions to find very badly injured swans with nasty injuries to its backs and necks which resulted in the bird being put to sleep by vets.

“This has been a distressing incident for our rescuers to deal with as well as for the members of the public who saw and witnessed the event” said Trevor Weeks “it is easy to assume that whilst walking in the countryside you can let your dog run free and there is no risk if you can’t see livestock, but please think about the wildlife which may be out of sight especially along rivers and streams, which could be hidden down embankments or behind reeds. If you know your dog has a tendency to chase animals or birds then please keep them under control or if necessary on a lead in vulnerable areas. Swans are currently thinking about where to nest and have this year’s young so can be found in unusual locations where you may not normally see them.”

Both incidents have been reported to Sussex Police who are investigating the reports.

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