A cemetery visitor is asking others not to feed some pheasants which are “attacking” people at the site. Julie Kinsey contacted the Times & Echo about her concerns over the birds, wishing to raise awareness and ask people not to feed the pheasants which have appeared to take up residence at Cheadle Cemetery.
A cemetery visitor is asking others not to feed some pheasants which are “attacking” people at the site.
Julie Kinsey contacted the Times & Echo about her concerns over the birds, wishing to raise awareness and ask people not to feed the pheasants which have appeared to take up residence at Cheadle Cemetery.
She said: “I want to warn other people of the dangerous pheasants that are roaming Cheadle Cemetery.
“Today, again I have been attacked by one of them. This is the second time in two weeks I have visited my mum’s grave and a pheasant literally won’t leave me alone.
“Two weeks ago I went alone to visit my mum as I often do and upon leaving my car one of these pheasants followed me every where I went. When I walked it walked. I stopped it stopped. It literally wouldn’t leave me alone.
“I tried to tend to my mum’s grave and it was there, sat on the headstone, I tried to water the plants and it kept getting closer and closer.
“I was so frightened I didn’t finish what I had gone to do. As I started to walk back to my car it followed me and flew at my legs, luckily I was wearing jeans as I could feel it’s bite.
“I screamed and ran towards a gentleman who I often see with his wife and it followed me, again it went for my leg and again I could feel it.
“I was shaking like a leaf and just didn’t know what to do. I stood with the gentleman until another car pulled up at the bottom car park and it moved.”
Retired Cheadle Primary School teacher Julie continued: “Today I have visited the cemetery with my dad as it is the anniversary of my mums death this weekend.
“Again this pheasant was there as soon as I pulled up, only this time I couldn’t get out of the car I was so frightened.
“It jumped on my bonnet and was staring at us. I peeped my horn and it just kept circling my car. Enough is enough so I pulled off.
“Another car was pulling on to the car park so I told the lovely man what had happened and to be careful. I said I’m scared to visit my own mum, he told me to turn round and go back and he’d help me. Again this pheasant came towards us but this time his little dog chased it off.”
Julie, who lives in Meir Park, added: “I would like to say a huge thank you to this kind man who stayed with us till we’d tended to the flowers and watered the flowers.
“Can I also say to the foolish idiot, who I believe there could be more than one, who are leaving corn for these birds to please think again with regards to what your doing.
“These birds are dangerous and if they’ve gone for my legs twice they are going to do it again.
“I am petrified to visit my own mum’s grave, why should I feel like this when it’s perfectly normal to want to spend time in what is a beautiful church yard.
“I have left a message on the town councils answer machine to state what has happened, I don’t know if they can help but I don’t want anyone else being hurt.
“I’ve been lucky but next time it could be a child or an elderly person.
“Please, please, don’t feed these birds. I want to feel free to visit my mum when I want to and not be too scared to go on my own.”
Julie further explained that she lost her mum four years ago and visits Cheadle Cemetery often.
She said: “I used to visit the cemetery either on what was my afternoon off or after work.
“Now I’m retired I visit my dad often to check he’s ok so have more time to sit on our bench in our beautiful cemetery.
“This issue has caused me great concern and I’m absolutely petrified to visit especially on my own.
“I don’t want anyone else to be attacked, it could be an elderly lady next.
“I was wearing jeans so it didn’t get to my skin but when it went at me not once but twice it was terrifying.
“Maybe something can be done to move these birds on. My worry is, I was told that somebody is feeding them corn and puts his hand out for it to feed from him. I don’t know who it is or if it’s true but this has to stop.
“My dad is 80-years-old in November and likes to have a walk to sit with my mum.
“I’m stopping him at the minute because I don’t want him attacked or frightened.
“My mum has a beautiful grave tended by my dad and myself. It’s a beautiful place to sit and reflect.”
The Times & Echo contacted Cheadle Town Council about Julie’s concerns about the pheasants at the cemetery. A spokesman said: “Yes, we are aware of them and we are looking at options.”
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