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mute swan

Swan Refuge

Thursday, 29th November 2001, West Yorkshire

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TWO MUTE SWANS swim sedately across the pond. A few Black-headed Gulls stand at the water's edge. Three small ponies walk by, grazing sporadically.

Bare trees dot the overgrown hawthorn hedges around the pastures beyond.

This rural scene was, until five or ten years ago, a sewage treatment plant. Today a new pipeline takes the effluent to a bigger treatment works by the river.

swans The disused site has now become a something of a haven for wildlife but like so many green spaces to the west of Wakefield it is earmarked for development; in this case for housing.

Where will the swans go when the houses are built? next page

Richard Bell
Richard Bell,
wildlife illustrator

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