THE Itchen Navigation is my favourite walk and always includes passing these magnificent swans. (Chronicle, May 12).

I naturally maintain a respectful distance and have never been approached by a swan defending its nest.

There is indeed a sign warning walkers of potential aggression. Common sense suggests it is obvious distance be maintained. A swan has a right to protect its nest, eggs and forthcoming cygnets from irresponsible dog walkers and ignorant passers by.

Swans choose their location for nesting, not humans. Swans will know the ideal place for their nest; not humans.

A swan has a right to protect its eggs and signets, and I am appalled at the action taken to move these majestic icons of nature. When the swans awakened in their new location, what on earth was their reaction?

Seeing swans nesting beside the Itchen Navigation is a privilege that should never be taken for granted.

I shall miss seeing them on my next stroll through our beautiful countryside.

Simon Lever,

Juniper Close,

Badger Farm

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