Latest news as of 21 April Lady Beatrice is on the nest and we have had sight of at least 2 eggs!
I am very please so announce that the new swan at Whittington Castle will be called Sir Tom! After counting the votes from other page posts plus our own it was between Barnaby and Sir Tom – but Sir Tom just nudged ahead when we included the e-mails and direct messages we had.I hope that everyone is ok with the result – we would have filmed our Chairman Jonjo Evans pulling the result out of a hat but in the end it was not necessary as your votes decided. Let us hope that Sir Tom and Lady Beatrice have a long life together raising their future cygnets on the Castle moat for many years to come. Please share the information and we have our fingers crossed that we may still have eggs this year! Thank you to everyone who has voted and given some fantastic name suggestions over the last few days. Let their love shine through!
At the eleventh hour a new male has arrived to join Beatrice on the Castle moat. Sue has not spotted a leg ring, so he is unlikely to be her former mate Benedict or one of their cygnets.
Visitors have photographed them attending to the nest by the road and today an eagle-eyed visitor noticed them mirroring each other, normally the prelude to mating. Sure enough, after a couple of minutes, a mating took place followed by a beautiful, paired neck extend. All of this was captured on two videos which Sue will be uploading to the Castle’s Facebook page over the next few days so that everyone can share in the spectacle.
We hope to bring you further news of Beatrice over the next week or two and hope that some eggs will be laid.
As to the male, we need to give him a name, so we are going to invite everyone to suggest one. Please send your suggestions to Sue at email@example.com or add to our Facebook page. Please put SWAN in the subject box. We will gather up all the names and, if there one name suggested by many people, we will name him accordingly, otherwise we will put all the names into a hat and make a draw.