ARE YOU KEEPING THESE SWANS ALIVE?
AMATEUR photographer William McKnight reports that the under-threat swans at the Munnoch Dam near Ardrossan are thriving, despite the loss of one baby bird - and may even be being fed by Herald readers.
As we reported last month, the family of swans and cygnets appeared to be in danger after it emerged they were being preyed on by mink.
Although relatively rare in Scotland, mink are dangerous predators when it comes to other small animals, as well as birds, with the Ardrossan swans' cygnets particularly under threat.
For the full story see this week's Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald.