A local resident has been in touch after witnessing a group of youths taking “obvious delight” in attacking ducks and other wild birds on the Water of Leith by throwing stones at them.
The eye witness, who wants to remain anonymous, has reported the incident which took place on the stretch of river between the Great Junction Street bridge and the Sandport Place bridge last week, to the police.
The species that she saw being attacked included mallard ducks, tufted ducks, goldeneye ducks and moor hens. She added that the actions of the youths seemed particularly cruel as the birds are used to being fed by passers-by there and so did not take flight readily.
She said that she was sure that the “horrific” actions of the youths, which left her and her family shaken, almost certainly would have led to some of the birds being seriously injured or killed.
She has praised the response she received from the local police and urged anyone using the path who sees similar behaviour to report it to them as soon as possible on 0131 311 3131.
If you feel it is safe to do so, you could also try to get a photo of those involved so that the people involved can be identified more easily.
It’s deeply regrettable that the callous behaviour exhibited by these particular young people serves to undermine the good work that many other young people in Leith have undertaken to benefit wildlife and their wider environment.