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Swans (Protection)

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 3 March 1949

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67.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department which authorities have made regulations under the Wild Birds (Protection) Acts, with reference to swans and, in view of the large number that are now being killed and used for human consumption, if he will recommend to all local authorities the exercising of local regulations for their protection.

I give below a list of the local authorities who have in various ways extended by Wild Birds Protection Orders the protection afforded to swans under the Wild Birds Protection Acts. As regards the last part of the Question, I would refer to the answer which I gave my hon. Friend the Member for South Derby (Mr. Champion) on 14th February.

Following is the list:

1. ALL YEAR PROTECTION:

Administrative Counties:

BedfordMonmouth
CardiganMiddlesex
CornwallMontgomery
DevonNottingham
EssexSomerset
GlamorganEast Suffolk
HuntingdonWest Suffolk
KentWorcester
London

County Boroughs:

BirkenheadCroydon
BlackpoolEast Ham
BournemouthWest Ham
BrightonExeter
BristolGateshead
CanterburyIpswich
CardiffLeicester

LiverpoolSaint Helens
ManchesterSheffield
Newcastle-upon-TyneSouthend-on-Sea
NewportWallasey
Rotherham

2. PROTECTION FOR AN EXTENDFD CLOSE SEASON:

(1) Seasons 1st February to 11th August:

Administrative Counties:

CaernarvonMerioneth
ChesterNorfolk
CumberlandNorthumberland
DenbighSoke of Peterborough
DurhamStafford
Isle of ElyEast Sussex
GloucesterWest Sussex

*Hertford

Isle of Wight

*Lancaster

*East Riding, Yorks.

Kesteven, Lincs.

*North Riding, Yorks.

County Boroughs:

BlackburnSalford
BurnleySmethwick
Carlisle

*Southport

*Chester

Sunderland
DarlingtonWalsall
HastingsWest Hartlepool

(2) Various extended seasons:

Administrative Counties:

  • Surrey: 31st January-1st September
  • Wiltshire: 31st January-1st September
  • West Riding, Yorks.: Last day of February-12th August

County Boroughs:

  • Barrow in Furness: 1st February-31st August
  • Birmingham: 1st March-31st August
  • Bradford: Last day of February-12th August
  • Burton upon Trent: Last day of February-13th August
  • Halifax: Last day of February-12th August
  • Huddersfield: Last day of February-12th August
  • Leeds: Last day of February-12th August
  • Oldham: 1st March-31st August
  • Rochdale: Last day of February-1st September
  • Stockport: 1st March-13th August
  • Wakefield: Last day of February-12th August
  • West Bromwich: Last day of February-13th August
  • Wolverhampton: 1st March-12th August

3. PROTECTION ON SUNDAYS:

Administrative Counties:

  • Berkshire
  • Buckingham
  • Caernarvon
  • Chester, and Christmas day
  • Denbigh
  • Derby, and Christmas day
  • Durham, and Christmas day
  • Isle of Ely
  • Gloucester
  • Hertford, and Christmas day
  • Lancaster, and Christmas day
  • Merioneth, and Christmas day
  • Norfolk
  • Northumberland, and Christmas day
  • Soke of Peterborough

* Swans (as well as all wild birds) are protected for all the year in certain areas of the county or county borough marked with an asterisk, and also in certain areas of Berkshire and Dorset.

  • Southampton, and Christmas day
  • Stafford
  • Surrey
  • East Sussex
  • West Sussex
  • Warwick, in certain areas
  • Isle of Wight, and Christmas day
  • Wiltshire, and Christmas day
  • East Riding, Yorks., and Christmas day
  • North Riding, Yorks., and Christmas day
  • West Riding, Yorks.

County Boroughs:

  • Barrow in Furness, and Christmas day
  • Bath
  • Birmingham, and Christmas day and Bank Holidays
  • Blackburn, and Christmas day
  • Bournemouth, and Christmas day
  • Burnley, and Christmas day
  • Burton upon Trent
  • Coventry
  • Darlington, and Christmas day
  • Eastbourne
  • Gloucester
  • Great Yarmouth
  • Halifax
  • Hastings, and Christmas day
  • Leeds
  • Norwich
  • Oldham, and Christmas day and Bank Holidays
  • Portsmouth, and Christmas day
  • Reading
  • Rochdale, and Christmas day
  • Salford, and Christmas day
  • Smethwick, and Christmas day
  • Southport, and Christmas day
  • Sunderland, and Christmas day
  • Wakefield
  • Walsall
  • West Hartlepool, and Christmas day