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New kids on the block

New kids on the block


Village reader Paul Wilde sent us these pictures showing a new brood of cygnets that hatched in May near Abbey Meadows in Bordesley.

He first photographed the pen, cob and seven cygnets exercising on the Abbey Park golf course, but the family then disappeared for several days, sparking concern that the cygnets may have been picked off by predators such as pike, and the parents had fled in distress.

However, the tale ended happily when Paul spotted them in a new location on the mill stream at Paper Mill, including all seven cygnets.

“It was such a relief to find the family all safe and sound,”  he says.