Swan Watch launched in Corby after fury at killing

Oakley Valer residents, including Paul Balmer, have started a swan watch scheme after one of the swans up there was shot and killed

Oakley Valer residents, including Paul Balmer, have started a swan watch scheme after one of the swans up there was shot and killed

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Outraged residents on a Corby estate have organised a Swan Watch scheme after one of a breeding pair of birds was shot in the neck and killed.

The bird was found dead with a hole through its neck at the lake on the Oakley Vale estate on Wednesday, October 9.

RSPCA inspector Clint Davies said he believed the wound had been made by a pellet from an air rifle and appealed for witnesses to come forward.

The dead swan and his mate had been resident at the lakes on the estate for more than a year.

Along with their six cygnets, they were thriving and delighted local residents.

Since the swan was shot a temporary CCTV camera has been put up at the lakes but residents are now planning a sponsored walk to raise funds for permanent surveillance equipment, expected to cost about £5,000.

The Swan Watch scheme is being led by residents and supported by neighbourhood warden Craig Spence and Oakley Vale Community Association.

Its chairman Paul Balmer said: “We were fortunate to have a breeding pair on the lakes and people were outraged when the swan was shot. It was sad and disturbing.

“People who walk their dogs around the estate have agreed to keep a watch over the remaining swans.

“We are putting up posters and distributing leaflets around the estate and welcome anyone who would like to get involved.”

The next meeting of the community association, being held at the estate’s new community centre, is on Wednesday, November 20, starting at 7.30pm.

Anyone who would like to be involved in the Swan Watch scheme, or find out more about the sponsored walk is invited to attend.

Mr Balmer said: “Now one of the adult birds has been killed we are obviously concerned about the others.

“We hope to rally support for the Swan Watch scheme at the community association meeting.”

For more information email swanwatchcorby@gmail.com.