Rise in birds dying in Harrow Lodge Park comes as ‘shock’ to council
PUBLISHED: 10:02 21 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:04 21 July 2016
Concern once again mounts for the welfare of birds as the hot weather has caused a potent outbreak of botulism in a lake.
Animal lover Charles Lambert, 67, of Saint Andrews Avenue, Elm Park, has been volunteering his time alongside his wife to clearing up the birds in Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch.
He says he has seen about 10 dead, including swans, in the past few days.
He said: “This is just the beginning as more birds will die as it gets hotter.
“Something needs to be done to help protect them.”
Hundreds of birds died last year in the park and a volunteer from the Swan Sanctuary, a charity that cares for swans and waterfowl, said that it was the “worst outbreak” he had ever seen there.
Cllr Melvin Wallace, cabinet member for culture and community engagement, said: “We are aware of the situation and are managing it.
“This comes as a shock to us, having invested a considerable sum last year dredging the lake and installing new fountains to aerate the water, a solution which was endorsed by the Environment Agency at the time. We will be looking at further solutions to this problem as a matter of urgency.”
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