|Attempting to nest on a semi-submerged nesting |
pontoon in 2013. Photo by Andrea Byrnes
At that time the whole problem was taken over by local residents. In the short term, this involved local people shoring up existing pontoons, roping them to dock walls to prevent them sinking, and providing much-needed nesting material (all of which can be seen in the above photograph). This enabled a family of swans in Greenland Dock to survive (hatching all but one egg) and several families of coots to hatch eggs in Greenland Dock and Surrey Water. But with 2015 looming, these were temporary measures.
|Palatial home for a family of coots on Surrey Water.|
Photograph by Steve Cornish.
In the photograph on the right (click to enlarge) you can see a very upper class residence for a family of coots on Surrey Water, who are already in there with their nest. There is only one of this type which is on Surrey Water, the others are plain flat rafts, but they are all very well built. The others will be going in tomorrow, Wednesday 31st March 2015.
|Nesting rafts ready for deployment|
Photography by Steve Cornish
Canada water has one side as a nature reserve with nesting facilities and an abundance of reeds and bullrushes for nesting therefore is not as critical as the other three bodies mentioned. It is also a popular fishing area so would be problematical for floating pontoons chained to the bottom which could be highly dangerous for fish being inadvertently feathered by the fishing line if snagged up.
Thanks to Steve Cornish for all the information in this post and for the photographs of the amazing new rafts and duck houses! As in previous years, Russia Dock Woodland and Stave Hill Ecological Park have joined forces to provide nesting material.
Fantastic news! And many thanks to Steve and the local residents who applied for the Cleaner Greener Safer Awards and to those who are helping to launch them and fix them into place tomorrow. It's glorious what people can do when they join forces.