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Regent’s Park boating lake to be fenced off to stop waterfowl fouling

Wire barrier could stop geese poo on the path and lawns during June moulting invasion

02 March, 2018 — By Tom Foot

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PARKS bosses are planning to put up a fence around the historic Regent’s Park boating lake to stop waterfowl fouling all over the lawns.

Hundreds of geese arrive at the park in June every year leading to a “high level of fouling” and destruction of nearby lawns.

But now a “goose deterrent” is being proposed ahead of their arrival.

The Friends of Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill spring newsletter said: “In June every year several hundred geese descend on Regent’s Park to moult. This causes many problems including high levels of fouling and severe damage to the lawns.

“Many years ago, a low-strained wire fence along the lakeside deterred this and park management is considering reintroducing something very similar.”

In June Canada Geese from north London start behaving like wild birds and gathering in Regent’s Park. The goose population swells from around 40 to around 300 or 400.

In a statement to the Extra, park manager Nick Biddle said: “Every June, many hundreds of geese come to Regent’s Park and moult in the boating lake, fouling the path and making it slippery and dangerous, as well as damaging the lawns. We’re considering reintroducing a low wire fence along the lakeside, which was in place previously, to protect the area.

“Once we have a design we’ll consult with local residents and local planning officers before confirming the proposal.”

Meanwhile concerns have been raised for an injured moorhen that is limping around Regent’s Park. Wildlife officers have attempted to catch the bird to help it but it has flown away each time.

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