Artist’s offer to save geese

An artist's impression of what a woodland mural would look like on the Sands apartments. A suggestion to stop geese from flying into it.
An artist's impression of what a woodland mural would look like on the Sands apartments. A suggestion to stop geese from flying into it.
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A SCARBOROUGH artist has offered to paint a brighter picture for the town’s threatened geese and save them from the North Bay ‘wall of death’.

Andrew Nurse, a well-known graffiti painter, said he was willing to create a kaleidoscope of colour on The Sands building to prevent the Canada Geese from their horrendous plight.

A goose was killed on Monday after slamming into the wall and the Evening News understands at least six have died this year after hitting the side of Kepwick House.

It is believed they are mistaking the building’s pale colouring for the sky.

It stands directly in their flight path from Peasholm Park.

However, developers Benchmark have pointedly refuted any deaths have taken place.

Mr Nurse, known by his alias Rew, told the Evening News: “I’m definitely up for doing something.

“It is a really sad thing that is happening to the geese and people are not happy.

“I like wildlife and I know a lot of people in Scarborough have been affected by this, so I would like to prevent it if I could.”

Mr Nurse, who previously created a mural under Wykeham Street bridge in honour of the town’s fallen soldiers, said he could take inspiration from the town’s famous golden sands.

He said: “One idea that I had been thinking about was a the image of a child with a bucket and spade on the beach.

“It would be quite bright but there is the opportunity to do a lot because it is such a large and blank canvas.

“However, I wouldn’t want it to become something that takes over the meaning of the project and forgets the geese.

“It would have to be a design that everyone would be happy with.

“I wouldn’t want any payment either, just the costs for my paint and a cherry picker to get up to the wall.”

The Evening News has been inundated with a deluge of ideas and suggestions to alleviate the problem.

Scarborough wildlife rescuer Jim Ward previously said a woodland-themed mural could be the solution as the Canada Geese are lakeland and estuary orientated birds.

However, there have also been calls for stripes to be painted on the wall, mirrors to be erected or even mock geese put on the wall.