Suspected poisoning at Swansea lake probed as swan dies
AN investigation is being carried out to see whether a family of swans have been poisoned in a Swansea lake.
The move follows the grim discovery of dead and ailing swans in the area around Fendrod Lake in Llansamlet.
The water birds were discovered on June 18, by a member of the public.
One swan was already dead while another was in such a poor condition it was unable to stand.
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A nest of cygnets was also nearby.
The ailing swan and cygnets are now in the care of the RSPCA.
The RSPCA is appealing for anyone with any information on the incident to come forward.
RSPCA inspector Nigel Duguid said: “This is a rather sad and suspicious situation and we are appealing to the public to help us.
“These events may have no obvious explanation but we are concerned that someone may have put something in the water which has caused these wild birds to become so ill.”
The lake occupies an area of some 13 acres in the heart of the enterprise park and is popular with anglers.
There is also outdoor gym equipment situated on the edge of the lake and a walking route around the entire lake. A spokeswoman for Swansea Council said it was looking into the matter as well.
She said: “Swansea Council’s parks and pollution control are looking into the report to check whether there are any issues at the lake.
“The site is managed by Swansea Council in partnership with Brynmill and District Angling Club.”
The spokeswoman added that the club’s members had not seen any dead or sick swans.
Newly elected Llansamlet councillor, Uta Clay, added her voice to calls for the public to help discover what had happened to the birds.
She said: “I’m very concerned and hope the public will do all they can to assist the RSPCA in their attempt to identify what has been going on.
“This is a beautiful facility for people in the Llansamlet area and the whole of Swansea and it would be tragic if the swan population was targeted.”
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the RSPCA cruelty and information line on 0300 1234 999. Calls will be treated in confidence.