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IN MEMORIAL family announcements
Family and friends of a Nailsea motorcyclist who died after hitting a wild boar while riding on a motorway in France are continuing to raise money in his memory. Dad Garry Scutcher, 44, died when he came off his Honda motorbike, an inquest concluded. For the report and link to donate to Freewheelers EVS, also known as the Blood Bikes click HERE.
BACKWELL LAKE: From top two photos taken in the 1970s before the lake was well established by Bob Deacon; the lake with all its fine greenery and a mute swan taken by photographer Cynthia Miller last year, and the 'flappy and spinning things' that act as bird diverters came from Google.The beautiful swan photos below are from March 2019 talken by photographer Clare Garland...
Dead swan lake
New safety measures are needed at Backwell Lake to stop swans flying into overhead power lines.
Last year several swans died after getting tangled in the cables and so far, this year there have been three reported deaths.
Countryside enthusiast Joe Brake posting on Backwell Connect Facebook page said: “There are three places in particular that need reflectors ASAP.
“I found five dead carcasses in one field last year.
“We had one two weeks ago at another field that needs reflectors, then there was another last month in the same place as this morning.”
Lorraine Hopkinson-Parker said: “I'm contacting Wessex Water to see if they were responsible for cutting back the trees and greenery because it should be obvious that losing the background and not having proper bird deflectors is going to result in birds being unnecessarily killed.
“I'm told that we are now approaching double figures for swan deaths since last year and that’s not acceptable when it is so avoidable.”
Many of the casualties are ploughing into the wires between the pylons and the little footbridge.
A representative from Western Power who has been out to inspect the problem is recommending extra swan reflectors, said Mrs Hopkinson-Parker.
Backwell resident Helen Shalders said: “That's good news.
“Where we used to keep the sheep there were a mixture of flappy and spinning things on the wires to stop the red kites meeting their doom, it worked well.”
Michael Chapman thinks it is likely birds are fatally injured by the wires rather than getting electrocuted, but a witness said they heard an ‘explosion’ when a swan hit the cables.
Mr Brake added: “We’ve been on at Western Power for the past year to put more line reflectors on all the wires.”
Mrs Hopkinson-Parker added: “Western Power is of the view that because trees and greenery were cut down last year the swans now have no natural background and can't see the power lines.
“Because the power lines are 33,000 volts they need to be switched off before the installation of new bird diverters.
“I am told this process may take a few weeks and I have asked that this be expedited as a matter of urgency and will call the manager back in two weeks for an update.”
The overhead power cable at Backwell Lake is 33,000 volts and supplies electricity to around 18,000 homes and businesses including Bristol Airport.
Backwell Lake was constructed in the 1970s as a ‘balancing pond’ to drain excess water for the massive new developments being built in Nailsea.
It was designated as a nature reserve in 1990 and is now home to a diversity of birds, bats and insects.
The lake supports more than 10 species of birds including mute swans, tufted ducks and grey herons.
At least 19 species of common and rare dragonflies have been recorded, including the scarce chaser, southern hawker and broad bodied chaser.
The thriving insect life on site helps support pipstrelle and daubenton bats which visitors can see feeding at dusk or dawn.
Fishing, cycling and swimming is not allowed in the lake grounds and dogs must be kept on leads.
There are long term, controversial proposals to skirt the lake with huge pylons to link the Hinkley nuclear power plant to Avonmounth and highway engineers want to build a dual carriageway linking the A370 to the M5.
SHELL SHOCK: And in another wildlife alert at Backwell Lake walker James Parsons, who was born in Wraxall but now lives in Nailsea, spotted a terrapin the size of a plate sharing a nest built on a reed bed with one of the wild swans. James took these photographs. Terrapins are not good news as the creatures carry diseases including salmonella which is transmissible to humans and domestic animals such as dogs. James said he had alerted Wessex Water and a ranger was came to investigate and is now consulting his supervisor for advice. An Environment Agency spokesman speaking about an invasion at a London park said: "Terrapins are not native to the UK, they originate from North and South America. It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to release any non-native species into the wild in the UK. We ask members of the public considering releasing any unwanted pets that they instead take them to a rescue centre for re-homing.”
Anyone with any information email
Latest pitstop for motor bike show
Nailsea International Bike Show has a new pitstop for its 10th annual show.
Since 2009 the motorcycle enthusiast have pulled up at the Royal Oak pub, High Street, Nailsea; The Old Barn, Wraxall and Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club but for 2019 the venue of choice is the Ring O'Bells at St Mary's Grove.
Hundreds of machines and many bike fans are expected at the two day event on Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, please note change of date.
As well as the classic, custom and contemporary bikes there will be trade stands, live music, food, good beer and lots of like-minded biker friends.
Popular band Corvus with a new line-up are among the bands already booked to play.
A great weekend for all the family and money raised goes to Children’s Hospice South West.
CHSW community fundraiser Emma Parker is pictured collecting the #5,000+ cheque raised last year for the local children's hospice.
For more information click HERE.
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