Swans are a protected species.

Reports have passed to the website that a swan’s nest and eggs in a river bank location on the outer edges of the town have been disturbed, with an alleged aim of destroying the eggs which were close to hatching.
The nest in question is in a difficult place to reach and would require some specialist knowledge and perhaps equipment to reach.

This would be both illegal and despicable behaviour against a protected species. Our information is that the details have been passed to the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) and to the Police for investigation.

The banks of the River Test are a haven for nesting birds at this time of year.

Swans are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is an offence to kill or injure the birds, destroy their nests or steal or be in possession of their eggs.

Should anyone have any knowledge of such actions, or have seen anyone near any nests, they should report it immediately.

Please call the Police on: 101

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