The mute swan is one of our Top 20 birds. It is a familiar and impressive sight with its long S-shaped neck and an orange bill with a black base and a black knob. It flies with its neck extended and regular, slow wingbeats. They are one of Britain’s largest and heaviest birds, with a wingspan of up to 2.4 metres. By tradition, all mute swans belong to the monarch. Males swans (cobs) are highly territorial and first threaten intruders, striking an aggressive pose with wings arched over their back, before charging at them to chase them off.
Two or three pairs build nests at Siddick Pond each year. Some birds stay in their territories all year, while others move short distances and form winter flocks, as is the case at Siddick,
Listen to one of their calls:Find out more in a school or group visit or just visit yourself and see what you can spot.