Thursday, April 05, 2018

Swan watch!


The swans are beginning to nest but they usually prefer the safety of an island further upstream. These two were building the nest yesterday and Mrs C and I took some pictures on my mobile. I popped out early this morning to check on progress and the female is sitting comfortably on the nest. Lovely to see although the traffic cone and shopping trolley don't particularly present a rural idyll!


I am assuming they are nesting here because of a lack of space on the island as over the past two years there have been a lot of cygnets born and survived to adulthood. Wonderful to see plus reports of otters further upstream is also good news. We intend to keep an eye on their progress and hopefully the local feral scrotes won't bother them. The empty land behind them is in the centre of town and has been an empty wasteland for the past fourteen years apart from occasional use by a visiting funfair. Good to see brownfield sites remaining empty as greenfield sites are gobbled up by greedy developers for housing, especially flood plain sites! The stupidity of national and local governments and the greed of landowners and developers. A pox on them all!


Finally, just the one picture of the work in progress on the KV1.

TTFN.

5 Comments:

Blogger Scoakat said...

The swans are lovely, but I understand they can be nasty if you get too close.

Curiosity got the better of me so I looked at google maps for an island near the center of Grimsby.

Is this the West Marsh area along the River Freshney?

6:28 pm  
Anonymous Blue Witch said...

"Good to see brownfield sites remaining empty as greenfield sites are gobbled up by greedy developers for housing, especially flood plain sites!"

You are speaking my language... are there any area of green-ness that isn't threatened by bastard developers?

Hopefully the pressure on housing will decrease when we leave the EU and the hordes who are draining our services and out economy go home. The situation is desperate. CPRE are currently saying there are 1M brownfield sites available for homes. I believe it is a lot more than that.

Save our countryside from identikit housing.

Bring back access to services for long-term UK residents.

And sorry, I'm not going to apologise for my views here, these are things that are very non-PC but things that hugely affect the indigent native UK population.

10:45 pm  
Blogger delcatto said...

Hi Scott. Yes, it is Haven Island on the river Freshney. It's a tiny island but it does harbour quite a few waterfowl. Lovely to walk alongside the river and a regular walk with the dog. Despite living in the centre of town I really like it here as it is fairly green, generally quiet and although scruffy and replete with a variety of social problems I regard it as home. I do miss dog walking though.

It is a crying shame BW that more pressure isn't brought to bear on developing these empty brownfield sites. There is apparently a plan to develop areas of Grimsby but the council is still considering expanding onto green fields. I agree whole heartedly and when sites are developed, apprenticeships and jobs are offered to local people, not companies commuting in workers from Sheffield and Doncaster.

3:57 pm  
Blogger Scoakat said...

"Despite living in the centre of town I really like it here as it is fairly green, generally quiet and although scruffy and replete with a variety of social problems I regard it as home."

Ditto, I feel the same here where we live.

And perhaps you could leash-train a cat for walks? Hmm, never mind. The wife might be game, though. My wife wants us to go for walks more as soon as it gets warmer.

9:21 pm  
Blogger delcatto said...

I'm trying to do the same with more walks as my leg mends. I can't imagine any of the cats on a lead unless I drag them along!

3:20 pm  

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