Distressed duck with band around neck at Welwyn Garden City lakes

PUBLISHED: 16:38 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:26 08 May 2017

The mother duck that appears to have some form of band stuck around her neck at Stanborough Lakes. Picture credit: Robin Kersey.

The mother duck that appears to have some form of band stuck around her neck at Stanborough Lakes. Picture credit: Robin Kersey.

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A Welwyn Garden City man has raised concerns after spotting a distressed mother Great Crested Grebe struggling with what appears to be a hair band around her neck.

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Robin Kersey, 74, of Chequers, was taking a stroll around the sailing lake at Stanborough Park with his camera when he spotted two Grebes with their young chicks on Thursday.

He noticed the mother Grebe seemed distressed and when he looked closer released she had some form of band stuck around her neck.

Robin told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “She was trying to use her beak to get it off her neck but she couldn’t manage to get it off.

“She looked distressed and I saw her attempt to remove it several times.

“The chicks seemed okay and I’m assuming the male duck with them was the father and he was bringing them fish to eat.”

While walking back to the car Robin came across hair ties and elastic bands on the floor.

Robin added: “I came across quite a few of them which I imagine is what is stuck around the poor duck’s neck.

“I picked them up and disposed of them but even small items of litter can cause wildlife problems.

“I spoke to the Finesse staff at the lakes and made them aware of the issue but they just said it’s wildlife and they couldn’t do anything.”

A Finesse Leisure spokesperson said: “We are proud of the wildlife which flourishes at Stanborough Lakes as a result of the activities which are maintained and organised by Finesse Leisure.

“We understand that it is important that both our team and lake users have a full appreciation of the environment at Stanborough and of the impact that any activities such as littering can have.

“In individual instances of wildlife care we report to organisations specially equipped to do this.

“Our team are instructed not to handle wildlife but to contact the appropriate group to deal with the specific needs of the animal concerned.

“Finesse work closely in partnership with the Environment Agency, Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, Swan Rescue and the RSPCA to monitor and to maintain a balance between the natural surroundings, wildlife and human activities provided.

“We are always thankful to members of the public who both help to keep Stanborough Lakes looking so beautiful but who also alert us to incidents which need urgent attention.”

The Wildlife Trust has now been made aware of this incident.

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