Swan Song

September 16, 2009 by  

swan1I had the pleasure of going for a long walk with a friend yesterday around some lakes that aren’t too far from us.  It was a great day for walking, slightly windy, fresh and not too hot.  Just enough people about to make it not too lonely but not enough to have to fight for space on the path.  Amazingly there were quite a number of fishermen taking advantage too.

It was with a tinge of sadness that while enjoying the walk, we spotted a dead swan in the water.  We both felt that it needed to be reported especially as it was a swan of all birds, a most magnificent water bird.  Not far from the path we had chosen was a number for British Waterways.

I phoned them only to be told that I needed to talk to the RSPCA.  After being given the number and having to listen to ‘many’ options none of which seem to include dead birds, I chose one for ducks.  After having to listen to a pre-recorded message about finding ducks (bearing in mind I was on my mobile phone at the time) I tried again to get an operator.

I was then told that they didn’t deal with dead birds – I needed the council, but they didn’t have the number for the council the area covered!  My friend and I decided there was nothing we could do unless we found another number on any other notices.  We did find a Project Planning Officer number for the lakes and tried one last time to call them only to be told that the RSPCA normally dealt with it.  I asked the person on the end of the phone if she would like to try only to be told that if I couldn’t get anywhere neither would they.

We carried on, had some lunch and went home.  I then tried one last time and phoned the local council who put me through to a Park Ranger.  He was amazed at the number of people I’d been passed on to but at last agreed to take the details and would follow it up.

We wonder these days why the general public have an apathetic view to helping out  and after yesterdays mammoth attempt at trying to report a rather simple problem it’s no wonder.  When did life become so over complicated?


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