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‘Sutton Swan’ thriving after habitat damaged by arson attack

The ‘Sutton Swan’ and her eggs are all safe and well at Sutton Lawn Pond.  She is 15 days into their hatching process which typically last seven weeks.

The swan at the pond on Sutton Lawn suffered recently when her breeding habitat was damaged by an arson attack.  Luckily, thanks to observant residents – the swan and her eggs were rescued.

She has now built her own island using the reed bed.

Following the fire, Ashfield District Council took urgent steps to protect them and offer them some peace and quiet by erecting fencing and temporarily closing the footpath close to the nest.

Charles Edwards, Ashfield District Council’s Environment and Cemeteries Manager said: “We’re pleased to report the ‘Sutton Swan’ and her eggs are all still safe and well. We believe the eggs are now approximately 15 days into their hatching process which typically lasts around seven weeks. The footpath closure still remains in place as we continue to monitor the situation.  We’ve had a lot of good feedback from residents.  The hatching period is a long process but with the support of the community we look forward to a happy ending to this distressing story.”

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Councillor Samantha Deakin, a District Councillor for Central Sutton and New Cross said: “What started as an awful story is turning out to be a great example of our Council working with residents to protect our beloved swans.  I can’t thank our Council enough for the proactive work they have undertaken to protect our swans.  Residents have really taken the plight of the famous ‘Sutton Swan’ to their heart.  They have been in touch on a daily basis asking for updates.”

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