The Parish Council has received several emails regarding the protection of ducklings from the swans. Comments have been made on social media and there has even been the suggestion raised of moving the swan to another location, such as a swan sanctuary. Over the years the Council receives similar feedback.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust have offered the following information:
“Thank you for your email. You are right in thinking that this is territorial behaviour on the part of the swans and that they are following natural instincts. You can read more about both nesting mallards and mute swans on this page:
All birds, their nests, and eggs are protected. The law does not define a bird’s breeding season but protects all active nests regardless of the time of the year. It is an offence to intentionally:
- take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built
- kill, injure or take any wild bird
- take or destroy the egg of any wild bird
This means that in most circumstances neither the swans nor the mallards must on be disturbed whilst they are breeding. There are however also certain exceptions when activities which would otherwise be illegal may be permitted under license. You could consult Natural England’s Wildlife Licensing Service for more information.
Going forward, a site survey by a professional ecologist will help you choose the best management options . When changing the management of any potential semi-natural habitat, the Trust would normally recommend that you contact a professional
consultant ecologists to request a site visit so that a baseline survey of the plants and animals can be compiled. This would allow the appropriate planning of any habitat management without the threat of accidentally damaging existing habitats or species. The choice of ecological consultant is yours and you can select one here”