The elusive peacocks are still a mystery

PUBLISHED: 12:46 27 July 2006 | UPDATED: 14:45 12 May 2010

Gillian Robertson believes the Royston peacocks could be two that disappeared from her farm recently - Pic: DANIEL WILSON 1847DW05

Gillian Robertson believes the Royston peacocks could be two that disappeared from her farm recently - Pic: DANIEL WILSON 1847DW05

THE mystery surrounding the arrival of two peacocks in Royston may have been solved. The Crow s Peacock Hotline has received various reports of sightings, but to where the mischievous pair have come from has remained a mystery. However, Gillian Robertson

THE mystery surrounding the arrival of two peacocks in Royston may have been solved.

The Crow's Peacock Hotline has received various reports of sightings, but to where the mischievous pair have come from has remained a mystery.

However, Gillian Robertson and Dawn Dodd-Noble, of Aylwins Farm, Sandon, believe that the two birds could belong to them.

Mrs Dodd-Noble said: "We used to have four peacocks on our land. But nine weeks ago they managed to escape and fly away.

"We did catch two a week later in Rushden, but the other two haven't been seen since. So it's possible that the two wandering around Royston may be them."

Mrs Robertson said: "They could belong to us, but there is no way of knowing for sure. However, we would be happy to give them a home. If they are not fed they would eventually make their way back, but I am sure they will find food from somewhere.

"They can be a nuisance, and they like to find themselves a nice garden. I've read that they have been in and out of local gardens. But if someone is able to catch them, I would come and collect them and take them back."

The peacocks have been living in Royston now for several weeks, and they have certainly been making a name for themselves.

Pat Bridges, of Poplar Drive, Royston, said: "So many people have been talking about these two peacocks. I think everybody has seen them at some point?

"I have been to a number of social events and they keep coming up in conversation. People have been trying to work out where they have come from but nobody seems to know.

"The pair were on my roof last week and one was flying around the garden. I'm a keen bird watcher and know that peacocks can be quite destructive, so you don't want them in your garden for too long.

"But it's nice to hear a story like this. These days it's often bad news, so it's good for people to talk about something different for a change. They are definitely the talk of the town."

The peacocks have also been reported to have been seen in St Mary's Park, Royston.

When the peacocks appeared last week they decided to "visit" Mill Road. Resident Rachel Lamby said: "They just appeared from nowhere in my garden."

If you have seen the peacocks then call The Crow Peacock Watch on 01763 245241 or e-mail:news@royston-crow.co.uk

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