1st September 2003

 

SWANS ON THE AGENDA AT UNIVERSITY MEETING

 

The University of Lincoln will play host to a meeting this afternoon bringing together all those with an interest in caring for the city’s swan population.

 

The Lee Rollings Swan Preservation Society (LRSPS) has called the meeting at 2pm this afternoon and has invited representatives from organisations including the RSPCA, the RSPB, British Waterways, the harbourmaster, Lincoln City Council, Lincolnshire County Council and local businesses based around Brayford Pool.

 

Keynote speakers will be Andrew Walters of ENCANS, an environmental agency which administers the national Rivercare project, and Stuart Goodacre of the Stamp End Residents’ Association.

 

The LRSPS was formed two years ago when Nick May, a Journalism student at the university, met Lee Rollings, who has been single-handedly caring for the birds and wildlife on the Brayford for the past eight years.

 

“Our members feed the swans on a mixture of rabbit food and grain, care for sick and injured swans and campaigning for better facilities for the city’s swan population,” said Nick, who is the society’s president.

 

“We also monitor the swans, report sick and injured swans to the RSPCA and help to clean the Brayford Pool area.”

 

Among the issues on the agenda will be the need for more ramps to help the swans leave the water and the need for signage encouraging people to feed the swans correctly and indicating that boats should slow down to prevent accidents.

 

The LRSPS is also lobbying for an official to be appointed to look after the swans’ interests. It estimates that there are at least 200 swans resident in the city – more than can be found at Stratford-upon-Avon, a town which is synonymous with its swan population.

 

The meeting will take place at 2pm today (Monday) in the Cargill Lecture Theatre at the Brayford Pool.

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)     email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk