Swan and cygnet, West Park, 2014

Cygnet: West Park

Swan with one of the 2014 cygnets on the lake at West Park.

There are two clans of swans which have had breeding success for the past couple of years, so that the population had risen to the mid-teens on the lake earlier this year, with occasional spats.

More recently, the numbers on the water have gone down. Hopefully those reaching maturity will have headed off to find their own territories elsewhere, but probably some have been on the islands, brooding.