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Swans on the hunt for junk food after tourists told to stop feeding them

Swans are on the mooch for junk food in the Lake District searching bins for junk food after members of the public and tourists have been warned not to feed them.

The birds which have been captured waddling half a mile away from Lake Windermere to Bowness-on-Windermere, where they have been scavenging for scraps outside a Tesco supermarket and fast food outlets.

The birds are believed to have flown away from the Lake in search for food, after discovering members of the public will feed them.

Signs have now been erected warning people not to throw fast food or bread at the birds, it follows a number of swans being hit by cars or being attacked by dogs.

It is feared that due to the size of the swans they could easily intimidate pedestrians and small children.

Marian Jones, a ranger for the Lake District National Park Authority, said: “One of the reasons swans and other birds are attracted to Bowness is because they’re being fed.

“Unfortunately, this can cause health problems for the birds and make them tame, which can put them at risk from traffic and dogs.

“To protect these birds and reduce the risk of accidents, we advise people to not feed them.”

All wild mute swans in Britain are considered to be the property of the Crown and it is illegal to kill one.

Anyone found guilty of trying to injure a wild bird, or kill or take it without a licence, can face up to six months in prison and/or a fine of up to £5,000.

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