Motorists urged to slow down for lovely swan family of seven

The five signets that are causing Surfleet resident Tracy Nicol such worry. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG270612-228NG
The five signets that are causing Surfleet resident Tracy Nicol such worry. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG270612-228NG
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IF LONDONER Tracy Nicol thought she was moving to the country for a quiet life when she moved to Surfleet, she hadn’t counted on the local wildlife.

Tracy and husband David, of Station Road, are being kept on their toes by a family of swans who are risking being squashed under a car’s wheels with regular walks between the river and the front gardens in the road.

Tracy and David Nicol and one of the signs warning motorists to slow down because of swans in the road at Surfleet. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG270612-230NG

Tracy and David Nicol and one of the signs warning motorists to slow down because of swans in the road at Surfleet. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG270612-230NG

“I am so worried for them because it’s a busy road and we are on a bend,” said Tracy, who says residents are feeding the swans to lure them back to the safety of the riverbank.

Unfortunately, the kindness has backfired and the parent swans keep leading their family of five signets across the road to the gardens, and have been known to bang on doors for food.

Tracy can’t stop the swans but she is attempting to slow down the cars, with signs in the road either side of the birds’ regular crossing place.

Tracy says: “The five signets are beautiful and I have done everything in my power to protect those babies, but the cars are coming down here so fast and I am scared they are going to be hit. We have put signs up to highlight to drivers that they should slow down.”