Would this halt geese deaths?

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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SIX geese could have been killed this year after hitting the wall of death on a Scarborough apartment block.

A number of Canadian Geese have died or been left badly injured after slamming into the North Bay Sands development.

The Evening News understands at least six geese have been killed this year after hitting the pale facade of Kepwick House.

It is believed the geese are mistaking the grey wall for the sky.

The deaths have intensified calls for new measures to stop the tragedies, including a huge visual kaleidoscope of a woodland theme to divert birds from the building.

Developers Benchmark previously denied any geese had struck the wall during the last two years, tersely branding the damage “old news”.

However, that denial came despite the wall being littered with huge indentations.

Concerned Scarborough residents have also confirmed the number of holes had rapidly increased during previous weeks.

Dog walker Linda Stather told the Evening News she believed at least six geese had died.

She said: “One Sunday a few weeks ago there were two dead geese at the bottom of the wall.

“It was early in the morning and they were still in public view.”

Scarborough wildlife rescuer Jim Ward confirmed he was aware of two dead geese on the site, including one which had to be put down after breaking its neck.

Mr Ward said the geese were not a protected species but added changes were needed to stop the animals suffering such horrific deaths.

He also dismissed the notion of using sound effects as a barrier to help the geese.

He added: “We have taken a couple in and also had people phoning up about it too.

“My suggestion would be that with Canadian Geese being a bird that lives in estuaries and lakelands, I would paint a woodland scene on the side of the wall. The geese steer clear of those environments because they are too big and cumbersome. They get used to noise and having been in Peasholm Park they are almost domestic.”

Cllr Eric Broadbent has also revealed he recently attended a Sands North Bay Liaison Group meeting where the matter was raised. He suggested a new paint scheme for the building, but added his idea was rejected.

He said: “I wasn’t happy with the outcome of it being hurried through and, being a bird lover, I mentioned a high rise building in Leeds that has recently been painted a sky colour with two blue stripes. However, my suggestion to do this at the Sands was dismissed at the meeting.”