Swan's lake returned ....

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Subject: Swan's lake returned ....
From: "Wendy" <>
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2011 18:36:12 +1000
I thought I would share some good new....

Recently Moreland Council (inner Melbourne, Vic) arranged the removal of a 
large number of domestic geese and ducks from Coburg Lake, on Merri Ck. The 
lake had been home for quite a number of native birds. One of my fond memories 
was watching a family of 4 Night Herons 2 adults and 2 young, fishing the 
rapids below the lake wall. Black swans also regularly bred there and there was 
a good population of Hardhead. 
In recent years the ferals had taken over the site causing significant damage 
to vegetation, water pollution and displacing native birds. Sadly many well 
meaning locals would 'feed' these birds. I have watched people arrive and dump 
car boot fulls of bread.
A total of 147 geese and 10 domestic ducks were captured and relocated to 
farms. A small number (4G, 7D) evaded capture. Further attempts may be made to 
capture them or their numbers managed.
Staff had been trying for many years to find a generally acceptable solution to 
this growing problem. While the council had received some adverse reaction, 
when the environmental reasons etc were explained it was understood.

I wish to heartily thank the Open Space Staff for sorting this problem out.

Wendy Moore

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