Infamous ‘wall of death’ claims another victim

Partially covered by shop trays, the body of a goose which was killed when it flew into the wall of The Sands apartments on Monday. Photo by Andrew Higgins 130408a
Partially covered by shop trays, the body of a goose which was killed when it flew into the wall of The Sands apartments on Monday. Photo by Andrew Higgins 130408a

Another goose has died after flying into Scarborough’s infamous “wall of death”, sparking renewed calls for action.

It was killed on Monday after slamming into the side of the North Bay Sands development, which is peppered with large indentations.

The infamous Kepwick House 'wall of death' in North Bay, which is peppered with pockmarks where birds have struck the building. Photo by Andrew Higgins 130408b

The infamous Kepwick House 'wall of death' in North Bay, which is peppered with pockmarks where birds have struck the building. Photo by Andrew Higgins 130408b

The vast blank end wall of Kepwick House is pockmarked where the birds have struck the building that stands in their flight path to the North Sea.

Birds have struggled with the wall before and apartment bosses have put up LED lighting to act as a deterrent. However, residents have claimed the building’s lighting is ineffective and the cream facade is causing problems for the birds.

The grim discovery was made by dogwalker Mary Dale, from Newby, who spotted the lifeless bird at the foot of the wall.

She said: “My husband and I saw it and thought what a shame as it was such a big, beautiful bird. We walk the dogs every day in that area and over the years we have seen quite a few that have ended up dead as a result of flying into the building.

“The morning we were there, the sky and the wall were more or less the same colour and I think that’s what gets them. All it needs is something hanging over it to distract them, like a long flag.

“There are lights at the top of the building but they are no good in the early morning or dusk. I just think if it’s happening again how many more are going to fly into it? Something needs to be done.”

The saga which stretches back more than three years, has seen dozens of Canadian geese meet an untimely demise.

The Scarborough News has been inundated with a deluge of suggestions to alleviate the problem. A local graffiti artist even offered to paint a mural on the side of the wall.

Escape 2 The Sands, which manages the building, has previously said it was investigating a number of possible solutions to eliminate future incidents. However, the firm was unavailable for comment this week.

Chris Collet, from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, said: “The only solution would be to paint the building a different colour.”