Wildlife campaigner Joe takes iright to task again:
'iright...or should i say irate..any relation to spelding, identical twins perhaps?I see where you're coming from and there is certain merit in some of your net searches.As with everything in this world, humans think they know it all and dont allow for the fact that birds have been around longer than us.Birds are driven by the same force that drives us all...survival and procreation ! (not so sure about cabbages though.)Birds will do whatever it takes to survive and pass on their genes, even if that means taking food from another species. What i know about Swans is that they will only eat what they want, when they want.The cygnets like the previous 5 seasons ones, will be chased away by their parents in october, about 6 months after hatching.They will be totally wild and free and able to fend for themselves. They will also be healthy fit and strong, with sufficient reserves hopefully to get them through their first winter safely. The river nairn habitat is unique in so far as it's tidal, has many more predators than say an inland pond...is less likely to harbour diseases such as botulism, also more prone to changes and less able to provide constant food supply all year. As for the ducks, the predators (not man made) killed approximately 50 chicks this year from the roadbridge down, so natural selection is alive and well. 22 survived so far...which is less than the 36 that made it last year. However if you feel so passionate about your argument, take it to the RSPB , the council and the government.Does this mean i will have to remove my wild bird feeders from the garden too ?'
Without revealing anyone's identity Joe the editor of the Gurn can state quite confidently that iright and Spelding are not twins but as to past lives etc, sorry no guarantees there.