A CYGNET has been attacked and killed by a dog on a nature reserve in Maidenhead.

Another two young swans suffered bite wounds after they were discovered a week ago in Braywick Nature Reserve.

Swan Support, an organisation that rescue swans in Berkshire, were called to help a cygnet covered in cooking oil.

They then found a family of swans nestled in the woods also covered in thick oil. This prevented them from going into the water.

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Swan Support said on Facebook: "Sadly whilst our rescuer was trying to catch the family, a dog which was not on a lead attacked the cygnets. One cygnet died in transit and two more suffered bite wounds."

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The organisation explained how busy they had been recently dealing with the incident.

They explained how it could have been a 'completely avoidable rescue' had the dog been on a lead.

As such, they have published an appeal to dog owners to keep their pets on leads when around wildlife.

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Adding: "This is a very sad and completely avoidable rescue.Please keep dogs on leads when around wildlife. This is even more important if you have no control over your dog."