Fly high beautiful Bruce: iconic black swan one of many bird flu deaths

IMG_3288-copy©Don Taylor

Local residents have paid tribute to Bruce, the black swan, who died from avian influenza earlier this month.

“He was a fabulous and sassy swan, and I know everyone loved him,” said Helen O’Rourke. Bruce originally arrived at Eagle Pond in 2020 and settled at Hollow Ponds the following year. “He had a loyal following of people who came to feed him. He was a special swan and loved by all who met him. He will be very sadly missed. Fly high beautiful Bruce.”

The death comes amid the biggest outbreak of bird flu the UK has ever seen.