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Hungry heron's new swoop.

Byline: Katie campling ,

thief A Huddersfield heron

HUNGRY herons have struck again - this time at a fish pond in Cowlersley.

In recent weeks the feathered fish-thieves have struck at numerous ponds across Huddersfield.

Now, the birds have visited Cowlersley.

Brenda Normanton, of Warneford Road, has lost 14 koi carp to the heron in just three days.

The big bird arrived in her garden on Sunday.

She said: "I was quite pleased, because they are quite spectacular and I thought it was nice for it to be in the garden.

"But I didn't think clearly about what it would do there."

The heron visited the garden every day until Wednesday - when all the fish had gone.

It usually arrived in the early morning, but sometimes came three times a day. Mrs Normanton said: "I have tried to scare him off, but he comes back.

"He's very bold. He just sits on the shed roof, looking at you.

"It was a shame about the koi, because they are quite expensive to replace and we had looked after them for five years. We are getting more fish, but we will put a net over the pond."

Experts believe the herons' feeding frenzy has been prompted by the arrival of new chicks to feed.

The herons are believed to come from a nesting site at Bretton Hall College - but nests have also been seen by the canal at Slaithwaite.

For information on how to guard against greedy herons phone the RSPB on 01484 861148.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 14, 2005
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