Forget Essex lions - Great White seen at Fairlands Lakes

A pelican has landed at Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage – the first known appearance of the bird at the site.

Thought to be a Great White Pelican, the large bird, which can have a wingspan of more than 11 feet, arrived overnight. Park manager of 26 years, Gavin Davis, said he had never seen one there before, and was unsure if the bird, which has been ringed, is an escapee or wild.

He is in talks with experts at the moment.

Paulette Kane, who saw the bird this morning while walking her dogs, said it has been out on the main lake feeding on algae.

“It’s so bizarre. We’ve got a blue-green algae problem and its just putting its beak in and gulping up the algae. It’s a great site for it.


You may also want to watch:


“We’ve got two herons there, a great crested grebe and a little egrit. It’s wonderful.”

The exotic arrival comes in a week of wild animal claims acrross the UK, sparked by a sighting of a ‘lion’ in Essex.

Most Read

Great White Pelicans breed in southeastern Europe, Asia and Africa. There are populations at London Zoo and St James’ Park.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter