First Baby Swan Of The Summer Born At Abbotsbury
10:39am 6th May 2014
Summer is officially here.
The first baby swan has hatched at Abbotsbury, which traditionally marks the first day of summer.
The cygnet arrived into the world yesterday. (Monday 5th May)
Over 400 others are expected to follow over the coming weeks.
Deputy swanherd Steve Groves said: 'We know quite closely when the first cygnet is likely to hatch but the signs are that the females can become restless.
'And sometimes you can hear the baby cheeping from inside the eggshell.'
Swanherds feed the adult swans twice a day on wheat grains while the cygnets are fed three times daily on chick crumb, a crushed pellet full of protein. Their parents also feed the cygnets algae, other vegetation and grubs.