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Ken the Swan Man #3

Matthew Floyd

Lindfield, Haywards Heath, United Kingdom

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Retired engineer Ken Wood on his trusty bike, loaded with bread and grain, looking after the birds.
He is a familiar sight and calls at Bosham two or three times a day feeding them and generally making sure they are well and healthy.
He’s known locally as the swan man, and knows the scores of birds individually. He can point out the birds that originate from Bosham, many generations reared at the regular nesting site in the mill pool.
“I have lived in this area all my life, and birds and other animals as well always seem to have come to me,” said Ken. “I know all the swans, they are my children.”
Ken gets out-of-date bread to feed the birds, and the swans trust him completely, taking the bread out of his hand gently. He points out the birds that were born at Bosham as well as newcomers that have arrived either to stay or are en route for a regular home.
The swans and the Brent geese are the latest in a long line of invaders who have made their home in this part of West Sussex. Canute and his Norsemen or William and his Norman conquerors were beaten to it by the Romans.

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