Swan and duck deaths on River Great Ouse investigated

Swan on river The swans' and ducks' deaths are being treated as unexplained by police

Twenty swans and ducks have been found dead on a stretch of river in Cambridgeshire in the past two weeks, police have said.

The birds were found along a short stretch of the River Great Ouse between Paper Mill at Little Paxton and St Neots Marina.

Tests on the 13 swans and seven ducks have so far proved inconclusive.

They had no obvious injuries and the Environment Agency said tests found no pollution in the water.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said it was "very unusual for such a large number of birds to die in such a short space of time".

The force has appealed for information about the birds' deaths.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Cambridgeshire



Min. Night 1 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • BooksNew novels

    BBC Culture takes a look at ten new books to read in March


  • TomatoesClick Watch

    The smart garden that fits inside your house and provides fresh healthy food

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.