Lawn on guard after egg theft

NMAC11-0808-1''Ashfield Angling Association head baliff Robert Dunn keeps a close eye on the Swan that has had two eggs stolen over the last two days.

NMAC11-0808-1''Ashfield Angling Association head baliff Robert Dunn keeps a close eye on the Swan that has had two eggs stolen over the last two days.

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VISITORS to Sutton Lawn are being urged to be on the look out for suspicious activity after a number of eggs disappeared from a swan’s nest on the lake.

The head bailiff of Ashfield Angling Association, Robert Dunn, who looks after swans in the wildlife area, says two eggs went missing from the nest on 27th and 28th March - and he believes thieves have taken them.

He said: “One egg was laid at 6am on the Sunday.

“By the afternoon, someone had been over the fence and taken that one.

“She lay another one early on Monday and the bailiffs were there until 12noon.

“Then one of the other bailiffs rang up and said he couldn’t see it. In an hour-and-a-half someone had taken that one.”

The swans’ nests are visible to members of the public which means they can be enjoyed by visitors, but it also makes them vulnerable to criminals.

Mr Dunn said: “We have got a wildlife area and from the path you can see the nest - it is quite open.

“We like people to be able to see them without getting too close but somebody has taken advantage of that.”

Now Robert wants the public to help out with a ‘Swan Watch’ and report any suspicious activity to the police.

He added: “We can’t be there all the time.”

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said officers are aware of the situation and are asking anyone with information to contact them on 0300 300 99 99.