11:54 am, Thu 29 May 2014
Cygnets born at the beginning of the month at the Bishop's Palace in Wells have learned to ring a bell for food in record time. The 11 baby swans are keeping up a tradition which began in the 1870s.
The cygnets were spotted by staff ringing the bell at the weekend who are amazed that they didn't need to be tempted by bread attached to the cord.
The video shows the youngsters being shown what to do by their parent and then you see them getting the hang of pulling the bell rope themselves.
You can follow the adventures of the young family on the Bishop's Palace
9:14 pm, Fri 10 May 2013
The swans of Wells Cathedral are internationally famous; they ring the bell when they want feeding.
One day soon, that bell maybe heard more often, because seven cygnets have been spotted in the Bishop's Palace grounds.
The palace has even set up a special "Swan Cam" to keep tabs on them.
8:21 pm, Fri 10 May 2013
Seven cygnets have been hatched to the residents of the Bishop's Palace moat in Wells. It is hoped that they will one day carry on the tradition of ringing a bell in the palace for food but for now here they are in all their fluffy wonder.
The video is taken from a special "Swan Cam" set up by the Bishop's Palace. You can keep up to date with the new arrivals
5:15 am, Wed 19 Dec 2012
Swans at Slimbridge
The largest Bewick's swan family ever recorded has arrived at the Wildfowl and Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire.
'Everton', and his new mate 'Rovers' have brought their six cygnets with them. They've joined 200 more of the threatened wild swans after a 2,500 mile journey from arctic Russia.
It may be "seven swans-a-swimming" in the carol but Slimbridge has gone one up!
Everton is on the left and Rovers is right of the six youngsters. The swan in front is just a passer-by
Credit: James Lees
12:44 pm, Sun 27 May 2012
West Welcomes Weather
This picture was sent to us by Alison Guy, who snapped this swan family on the Kennet and Avon Canal.
Swan and cygnets at Caen Hill, Devizes
Credit: Alison Guy