Swan Watch Update at Whittington Castle
Last spring the village and surrounding areas were outraged that our nesting swans (Beatrice & Benedict) at Whittington Castle were attacked and their eggs destroyed. Luckily the Swans themselves were unharmed and remain on the Castle moat. As you can imagine everyone was very upset and a Crowdfunding scheme and collection in the village shop was started to provide better CCTV to protect the swans and their eggs in the future. Having consulted and discussed at length the best possible solution it has been decided to erect an island in the castle moat for the swans to nest on.
We have met with Heritage England – who have said in principle they will give us permission to erect an island in the moat. We are currently seeking quotes and getting the permission granted to erect a small island in the moat for the swans to use as a nest place. This will also involve some clearance of reeds around the edge of the moat to discourage nesting in their usual spot. This it is hoped will protect further nests and eggs from damage. We hope to include a webcam in order to monitor the nest. Money raised by public has been set aside for this project and it is hoped it will cover the cost (otherwise another appeal will take place) It was decided that CCTV would not really protect the nest and eggs and would be better spent on an island which should help the situation. We will erect the island leaving space for the adult swans to take off and land on the moat and to teach the cygnets. The wildlife Trust are helping us with this project with advice on the best way to create the best island we can.
Latest update – the island will need growing plants around it as swans will not nest if nothing around to help create their nest. So the island will be established over the year in readiness for next year nesting season.
We appeal to all to help us protect the nest this year. Please do not post on Facebook etc any details about eggs as we do not want to draw attention to them this year.
Thank you for your understanding