With reference to your article concerning Mr and Mrs Rawlings in Maple Drive.
We moved into Oak Avenue 15 years ago and were amused to come home one day to find 12 peacocks and peahens on our patio! Not so amused when they ate our primula flowers and wallflowers but we and our neighbours have managed to co-exist with them ever since. Over the years they have disappeared until we were left with just two peacocks who shrieked nightly throughout the spring and summer in search of mates. Two years ago two young peahens appeared and last spring they were to be seen walking along Oak Avenue with three babies each. One baby was killed on the road, but there are now seven peahens and peacocks plus two older males from the original flock.
Whilst they have no owner and wander freely I think the majority of people in this area have learned to live with them.
They do come and go so hopefully they will disappear from Maple Drive and wander elsewhere. As I write this letter one of the old peacocks is lying across my doorstep. He is a beautiful and exotic bird and despite the mess they make we have grown to enjoy them over the years.
John and Penny Hipkin