Keep dogs on a lead when near swans, urge local rescue volunteers


Swan rescue volunteers are urging dog owners to keep their pets on a lead when near water birds in Wanstead Park and by Eagle Pond in Snaresbrook.

“As cygnets are being chased off by their parents it makes them vulnerable on the bank, and nesting season is approaching, which makes the swans fiercely protective of their territories. You may feel your dog is no threat, but the swans don’t know that. Any interaction with birds causes massive stress to them, even when there is no physical contact,” said Helen O’Rourke.