In­jured swan re­joins pals in wilds of Bray Har­bour

SWAN SANC­TU­ARY UN­VEIL­ING OF NEW SIGN TO MARK SPE­CIAL OC­CA­SION

Bray People - - Newsbriefs - Mary FOG­A­RTY

AN IN­JURED SWAN, the re­cent vic­tim of an un­for­tu­nate ac­ci­dent, was re­leased back to its friends at Bray Har­bour last week, by vet Pete Wed­der­burn and other mem­bers of the Swan Sanc­tu­ary.

The bird had been knocked down by a car in the Har­bour car park. ‘They think that cars are there to bring them food,’ said sanc­tu­ary chair per­son Har­ri­ett Led­widge. ‘So they won’t get out of the way.’ She added that the driver in­volved in the ac­ci­dent had been very up­set by the in­ci­dent.

The sanc­tu­ary also in­stalled a new in­for­ma­tion board at the Har­bour last Thurs­day, spon­sored by a ta­ble quiz held in the Har­bour Bar some months ago, as well as Bill Robin­son of Manic Posters and Signs Ex­press, and Bar­bara Gor­don of Whatswhat.ie di­rec­tory. Wick­low County Coun­cil Her

itage Grants have also awarded them the sum of €800 for their work, which in­cludes ring­ing the birds and pro­tect­ing them from harm. Vol­un­teers clear the sanc­tu­ary on a reg­u­lar ba­sis of danger­ous de­bris, cans, bot­tles, fish­ing hooks and line and other rub­bish which peo­ple dump. Pete Wed­der­burn is pres­i­dent of the sanc­tu­ary, and treats any in­juries in­curred by the swans.

As well as the bird who was hit by a car, an­other was re­cently in­jured by an open tin can. The swan tried to eat from it and cut its beak to pieces.

The ISPCA had to be called to take him away for treat­ment as no vets were avail­able.

The sanc­tu­ary is call­ing on all vets in Bray to ar­range an emer­gency swan treat­ment rota for the safety of th­ese mag­nif­i­cent and grace­ful birds.

‘I have seen chil­dren throw­ing stones and sand at swans heads, hurt­ing them badly,’ said Har­ri­ett, in an ap­peal on be­half of the birds. ‘We are or­gan­is­ing talks in Bray schools to help chil­dren un­der­stand that swans are wildlife, have feel­ings, and can be hurt too!’ Con­tact Hon. Sec­re­tary Henry Cairns on (01) 2768574.

Bar­bara Gor­don and an overly hun­gry swan.

Pete Wed­der­burn with the in­jured swan.

Jes­sica and Mervyn Lacey, Bar­bara Gor­don, Pete Wed­der­burn, Owen Gal­lagher, Brenda Keat­ing and Es­ther Lacey at the un­veil­ing of the new sign to mark the Swan Sanc­tu­ary.

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