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First cygnet of 2016 hatches at The Bishop's Palace

'Swan cam' lets people monitor the nest without disturbing the birds. Credit: Bishop's Palace

The famous swans at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells have had their first new arrival of 2016.

A cygnet hatched out into the nest in the early hours of the morning of Saturday 30 April.

Viewers around the world can monitor the huge nest by the palace moat at via 'Swan Cam’ - the Palace’s infra-red web cam.

It’s thought to be the first time in recent years that the cygnets have been born in April.

In 2015 the cygnets didn't start appearing until May. Credit: Bishop's Palace

The tradition of keeping swans on the moat dates back to the 1800’s when Bishop Hervey’s daughter first introduced a pair.


Cygnets at the Bishop's Palace named

Results of a competition to name these cute cygnets has been announced Credit: The Bishop’s Palace

The results of a competition to name the cygnets at The Bishop's Palace in Wells has been announced.

Staff received more than 100 entries from viewers of the Swan Cam from all over the world.

One of the youngsters had already been named Charlotte in honour of the new Royal Princess, who was born just before them.

The seven names chosen were: Harry, Ruby, Monica, Kenna, Precious, Cydney and Ben.

There were originally 9 cygnets, but one died last week.

Wells MP 'delighted' at decision on bishop

Wells MP Tessa Munt Credit: John Stillwell/PA

The Wells MP Tessa Munt says she is 'delighted' at news that the new Bishop of Bath and Wells will continue the tradition of living in the Bishop's Palace. It follows her campaign to overturn the decision by Church Commissioners to house the bishop elsewhere as it would cut costs.

Tessa Munt said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the Archbishops' Council has been just and fair and made a common sense decision which will be welcomed and supported by the whole of Diocese.

"A big thank you to Archbishops’ Council, The General Synod of the Church of England, The Diocese, The Palace Trust, our previous bishop and his wife and everyone who signed our petition.”