Joe Telfer and Swan Island under attack?

September 22, 2010 · Filed Under Nairn, Politics, Tourist 

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I’ve not seen this week’s paper, but judging by the most recent blog post at Simply Swans, some in the River Community has been critical of Joe Telfer’s efforts with Swan Island, as reported by the Nairnshire Telegraph:

Axe Grinders Attack Swans Island….and Me !

Because I haven’t read the Nairnshire Telegraph piece, I’m not sure on the context of the criticisms.

However, if Joe really is being criticised for constructing swan island, and caring for the local swans, that would only look like small-minded nit-picking.

I can only hope the tone of Joe’s blog post is more defensive than required – after all, Joe has done an awful lot to help protect and promote the wildlife on the River Nairn, and all without public thanks (a board by the river about the swans and swan island blatantly fails to mention him).

The swans themselves have become something of a tourist attraction in themselves – quite helpful when Nairn has barely seen a proper summer the past couple of years – and I’ve seen Joe talking to the tourists, and leading them down the steps of the harbour to feed the swans.

Hopefully those who bring a positive spirit to the town can be recognised for doing so, and applauded for it.


2 Responses to “Joe Telfer and Swan Island under attack?”

  1. Bill (Scotland) on September 23rd, 2010 6:53 am

    Three guesses for guessing who one of the small-minded complainers is (as mentioned in the ‘Nairnshire’ article), but you will probably only need one guess. I had been contemplating writing about this too, but Nairn does seem to get itself tangled up with the most mind-numbingly petty disputes and ‘cutting off nose to spite face’ tactics (the old ‘Community Centre’ preservation group, for one) that I came to the conclusion it wasn’t worth it. I did meet Jo a couple of weeks back when I was out for a walk and he was feeding ducks off the Merryton Bridge – he seemed cheerful enough (we’ve been on nodding acquaintance for many years during dog-walks) and certainly not doing anyone any harm.

  2. Brian Turner on September 23rd, 2010 4:02 pm

    No doubt we’ll see letters of support in the following edition. And perhaps more criticism, too!!