I have just read Anna Forbes many reasons why the duck population in
Coopers Meadow may have declined. I have to say that I would be more
inclined to agree with Mr Readers who was a much admired Veterinary
Surgeon in the town explanation, suggestion that this crisis is more
likely to be of a man made variety.
Indeed many of your readers much like my self will remember that for
over thirty, forty or even as long as fifty years the duck population
in Coopers Meadow survived without any discernable decline in their
population in spite of all the natural predators that have always
lived in the meadow that Anna mentions in her letter.
That aside I am very pleased with the Town Council and ARK’s assurance
that they have no policy to control the duck population in Cooper’s
Meadow or in any other meadow that the Town Council control on behalf
of its residents.
I now ask for these two organisations’ assurance that they will join
with me and the British Wildfowl Association in instigating a policy
that actively encourages our beautiful ducks back to their natural
habitat which is Coopers Meadow. This will delight many of the town’s
residents who feel Cooper’s Meadow just is not the same without its
ducks and it will certainly bring a happy smile to the town’s young
children and their parents.