Advertisement

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.