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Poole Park Lagoon Workings

With spring just around the corner and birds of numerous species departing and also arriving it’s an incredibly exciting time of year to be exploring the harbour. It’s also always exciting when new projects to increase/support bio-diversity around the harbour get underway which in the long term will enhance and improve not only bio-diversity its self, but also peoples understanding and engagement with nature.

One such project is the new re-workings of the Poole Park Lagoon/boating lake which is being carried out by the Borough of Poole. The short-term impact has been fascinating with the draining of the lagoon seeing some incredibly important Poole Harbour species such as Black-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Greenshank, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Little Egret and Mediterranean Gull all taking advantage of the food rich and newly exposed mud…..right in the centre of town! These sightings are incidental of the works that are taking place but it just goes to show, that a small change can have big benefits. The long-term focus of the work will also hopefully improve the habitat for birds and nature within Poole Park, which for a central Poole location is a huge accolade, which is why we’re absolutely in support of this project.

We understand however that some concerns have been risen about the welfare of the Mute Swans in the park due to the amount of mud they’re currently exposed to. The key thing to remember is that these swans are wild animals, many of which actually originate from Abbotsbury Swannery, and quite frequently commute between Poole and there. Mute Swan are perfectly adapted to live in habitats like this and do so at other locations around the harbour. It’s also key to remember that if they didn’t like it they’d simply fly away to another location they did like. Now, I’m sure we’re all in agreeance that Mute Swans should be white, however when walking around in thick mud 24/7 it’s likely they’re prone to get a tad dirty. However, Mute Swan moult all there feathers once a year, every year, so despite being a bit muddy for a while, they won’t stay like that for long.

We hope this short blog assures peoples concerns about Poole Parks much loved Mute Swans and offers some positive views on what could become an important and exciting nature focus in the centre of Poole over the coming years

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