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Swans in the city

Swans and cygnets near Mounts Bay Road.
Swans and cygnets near Mounts Bay Road. Photo by Andre Brender-A-Brandis

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is urging people to avoid disturbing swans as they emerge from nests with their cygnets across the Perth metropolitan area.

DPaW wildlife officer Teagan Johnston said the department had received recent reports of swans and cygnets in built up areas, including near Mounts Bay Road, where swans had been hit by cars in previous years.

“Motorists may have spotted a pair of swans with five young cygnets in the Mounts Bay Lake area in the past fortnight, and while it is a delight to see these birds right on the city’s doorstep, they are at risk of being hit by cars or attacked by dogs,” she said.

“Before the cygnets hatched a City of Perth ranger constructed a temporary barrier with signage urging people not to disturb the nesting swans.

“Now the family is mobile and is often very close to the side of the road, we ask that motorists take care to avoid the swans without endangering themselves or other road users.”

Ms Johnston said pedestrians were urged not to approach the birds as this may cause them to panic and wander out in front of traffic, and male swans were known to become aggressive to protect their cygnets.

“It is important that birds and their hatchlings are not disturbed while in such a vulnerable state, so we encourage people not to approach them, feed them or interfere with them in any way.”

“Adult and juvenile swans and ducks are also known to cross the Mitchell and Kwinana freeways and other busy roads and cycle paths in the vicinity of wetlands. They generally navigate their path safely across roads when motorists slow down.

“Swans are nomadic birds and opportunistic in their behaviour, and they are particularly active during or after rains.”

If people see sick or injured wildlife they can call DPaW’s 24/7 Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055.


Media contact: DPaW Media 9219 9999