The black swans of Bridgewater

by Brighton Council

Driving across the River Derwent at Bridgewater, you’re likely to spot the black swans. They are found in large numbers around areas of shallow water that have a lot of visible plant life, making Bridgewater the perfect spot for them.

Black swans graze on wa­ter plants growing from the mud and sediment, and can also dab at the water’s surface and filter food through their beaks. Using reeds and grasses, they build a huge nest in shallow water or on islands.

The chicks (cygnets) are covered in grey down and are able to swim and feed themselves as soon as they hatch. Black swans pair for life, with both adults raising one brood per season.

Unfortunately, during breeding they are prone to disturbance from boaters and jet skiers, which can jeopardise the survival of their eggs or chicks.

We’re fortunate to have these majestic birds in Bridgewater, so next time you’re by the river, look out for our resident black swans.

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