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  Feeding the Swans on the River Thames
by easyoar

When you feed the swans, please do it away from the rowing club landing stages (I have been in boats which have hit swans with oars - in one case breaking the swans wing) because people have been feeding the swans by the landing stages.

Also if you have young children make sure you only feed the birds that are in the water. The swans aren't aggresive, but they come after the food. When you have around 50 swans milling around pecking at what they think is food, it terrifies small children as in most cases the swans are taller than them. They also seem to terrify adults in these cases too. All you need to do is act confidently and walk through them, or gently shoo them away with your hands.

The best thing to feed them is bread.

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  • Written Jan 22, 2005
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