A MOTHER swan has been knocked down and killed as she slept with her cygnets by the side of the canal at Chichester Marina.
Shocked locals have expressed their devastation that one of the marina’s resident swans, Flo, was run over by a motorist who reportedly failed to stop on Monday morning.
Kim Bird, a houseboat resident, said: “We are all totally devastated how someone could have done this and not even stopped.
“Flo and her partner Ebb have been on this part of the canal for years and every year produce cygnets that I’m sure make up for half the local swan population around here.
“She was a fantastic mum who would sit on her eggs through snow and rain and never left their side.
“She was a daily visitor to our boats, tapping on our windows for scraps and a delight to visitors of the marina.
“Together there were a truly beautiful couple, who felt secure even through all the changes going on here.”
Footage of the incident is understood to have been captured on the marina’s CCTV cameras and is said to have been passed on to police.
Another upset resident, Alison Congalton from Birdham, added: “Please watch your speed and watch out for wildlife.
“There is a speed limit for a reason and it’s not just the wildlife, human families use this road too.
“Slow down and keep your eyes open, please.”