Calls for TfL to protect geese in Lewisham

Canadian Geese frequently cross a busy Lewisham road. Pic: Councillor Alan Hall

A local councillor has urged Transport for London to put up signs on a busy road in Lewisham to advise motorists to look out for Canadian geese that frequently cross there.

Labour councillor for Bellingham, Alan Hall said: “The sight of the adult geese shepherding the goslings from the historic Peter Pan’s Pond in Bellingham across one of London’s main roads in heavy traffic is truly impressive and shows how resilient these creatures can be.”

The A21, a busy four-lane road between Bellingham and Catford is already thought to have claimed the lives of some goslings.

Phoenix Community Housing Coop raised the issue to TfL and called for them to put signs up; Hall has lent support.

He added: “It is wonderful to have nature close up and present in our city and with a little help from their friends, the presence of these geese could be alerted to motorists who would then be aware that they need to take care.”

A tweet also claims the geese have been settled on the Southend pond for decades.

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