Thursday 23 November 2017

Nature lovers told to stop birds' deadly diet of bread

NATURE lovers have been urged not to feed bread to the birds on a famous lake to avoid a repeat of a contamination outbreak.

An outbreak at Cork's The Lough killed almost 100 swans, ducks and geese last year.

It has emerged swans and other waterfowl are again being covered in an algae bloom on the lake. "Oxygen levels have deteriorated in recent weeks and the only reason there has not been a major fish-kill was the heavy rain at the weekend," said activist Barry Keane.

It is estimated that 320,000 loaves were fed to the birds last year, a key factor in promoting botulism and other harmful microbes.

Irish Independent

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