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Minks and rarely seen ducks spotted in Thamesmead

PUBLISHED: 11:02 02 February 2012

The mink was spotted at Thamesmere East Lake

The mink was spotted at Thamesmere East Lake

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Two exotic creatures including a duck rarely seen in the UK were sighted in Thamesmead on Monday.

A dark-haired American mink and a female Ferruginous duck were spotted on two lakes.

The chesnut- coloured duck was spotted at Thamesmead’s West Lake by birdwatchers Richard Bonser and John Archer.

It is usually seen in hotter climates such as Spain and Turkey and there are usually only five sightings each year in the UK.

As for the mink, seen at Thamesmere East Lake, don’t be deceived by its cute face, it can have a detrimental effect on the water vole population, which is an endangered species.

John Paul Taberdo, from London Wildlife Trust, said: “It is a great concern from an ecological perspective.

“Mink in the British wildlife can have a devastating impact on European water voles – a population of which can be found in the Erith Marshes.”

The trust is now liaising with other organisations to find out how to manage the situation.


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