Don’t disturb the birds

The Chiswick Calendar has had an email from someone asking us to mention that it’s nesting time for the swans on Chiswick Ait.

The RNLI put out a statement last week that they were having to rescue people who cross to the Ait at low tide, who then got caught out by the speed of the incoming spring tide.

Not only is it a bad idea from that point of view, but if taking a morning constitutional along Chiswick Mall is a relatively new or rare experience, you should know that the Ait is also a nature reserve.

Photograph by Lucinda MacPherson