Nesting coots put Hull water ride on hold

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Published: Friday 1st May 2015 by The News Editor

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The re-opening of a major Hull water attraction for the summer has been shelved because of nesting birds.

The East Park splash boat is temporarily shut for around six weeks.

Wildlife laws give the coots protection, rendering it unlawful to interrupt them when nesting. The coots have taken up residence in the park pond.

Hull City Council’s officials say they are committed to offering “safe havens” for some local wildlife.

There are only two other such splashboats in the UK – Hull’s has been offering fun for visitors for 86 years. The attraction costs £1 for adults and 50p for children under 16. Height restrictions are applicable.

Spectators can watch from a footpath adjacent to the East Park water chute.

Coots, which have lobed feet, a big bill and blackish plumage, belong to the rail genus and are closely related to the moorhen.

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Published: Friday 1st May 2015 by The News Editor

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