Geese a major hazard for motorists

Abandoned geese in Burton Agnes are causing a traffic hazard.
Abandoned geese in Burton Agnes are causing a traffic hazard.

Domesticated geese which were abandoned in Burton Agnes are causing a major hazard to motorists driving through the village.

Nafferton resident, Yvonne Tagg, said a significant number of geese have already been run over and cause a serious threat to motorists travelling between Bridlington and Driffield.

Yvonne, who is passionate about wildlife, rescues abandoned ducks in order for them to be rehomed.

She said: “They are not wild animals. It’s dreadful really, several have already been killed by cars and traffic regularly comes to a standstill as the animals move across the road - what if an ambulance needed to get past?”

The number of geese has risen sharply recently, after allegedly being repeatedly abandoned at night.

The situation has prompted Yvonne and her friend Jean, who now lives in Bridlington, to provide the birds with food so they no longer venture out on to the road.

Jean, 76, said: “No-one seems to want to help.

“I have arthritis - it’s just too much for me to have to travel through from Bridlington, just to make sure the geese are getting fed.”

A spokesperson for Burton Agnes Hall, who own the pond, said: “We are actively trying to solve the problem.

“The geese do not belong to us, so we are trying to figure out what can be done with them.”

An RSPCA spokesperson said: “If anyone sees anything suspicious or knows who may be responsible then we would urge them to contact the RSPCA with evidence such as any vehicle registration numbers or descriptions, on 0300 1234 999.”