Swan News

9th May


15th January: Exciting news on The Bishop’s Palace Moat this morning as a lone swan has been spotted swimming happily around.

Palace staff spotted the animal early this morning and believe it to be Wynn, the widowed Palace Swan.

It is thought that she has been living on the Somerset Levels with her juveniles, but that as they will now have started living independent adult lives, she has returned to her former home.

We are hopeful that Wynn will choose to return to her picturesque home full time. We will keep visitors updated with regards a potential mate for Wynn.

23rd October: Bittersweet news as it is announced that Wynn, the remaining female of the pair of famous Palace Swans, has departed from the Moat, along with her four remaining cygnets.

Last seen on Thursday 18th October, it is thought that the family group may have headed off to the Somerset Levels, a popular site for groups of swans.

It is thought that Wynn decided to depart with them, rather than be left alone, without her partner, on the Palace Moat.

According to Moira Anderson, Administrator and Swan Carer at The Bishop’s Palace, Wynn may have headed off in search of a ‘Swan Community’, as older swans and non-breeding juveniles are known to enjoy living in large groups.

The Palace is currently working alongside swan charities and sanctuaries to find a suitable new pair of breeding swans that are currently in need of a safe environment to live.

25th May - Thank you for all of your cygnet name suggestions. We’ve selected five of our favourites: Harry, Meghan, Patrick, Monty Swan (named after gardener Monty Don) and Poldark. 

10th May - We’re pretty sure that there are now 5 cygnets!  

9th May - There are two cygnets! We heard rumours, and then there were definite sightings. We think Wynn is keeping them closely guarded, especially whenever anyone approaches. We’ll keep you updated - let us know if you see more! 

24 April - We have been keeping a close eye on Wynn and she appears to be doing well.   She continues to sit on the nest, with her usual short breaks for food and drink.    Just this morning she was on the moat having a good clean before returning to the nest.  

13 April - Despite the sad news, we’re pleased to say that Wynn has 6 eggs.

12 April - Extremely sad news today as we are devastated to announce that veteran swan Bryn passed away overnight.

Bryn, who was thought to have reached the age of 10, had been losing weight recently and began to seem subdued on Wednesday morning.  Moira , our administrator at the Palace who has been caring for the swans for the past 7 years, took Bryn to the Secret World Wildlife Rescue centre in Highbridge, where unfortunately he died overnight. It is thought that the cause was simply old age; mute swans in the wild generally live to around 10-12 years.

Palace staff will be keeping a close eye on his life partner Wynn over the next few weeks as she sits on her nest, and ensuring that she has a ready supply of food nearby.

02 April - This morning’s egg count is definitely 5 eggs, but there may be one more that is covered over - it’s hard to see.

01 April - Three eggs at the last count but we’ve not been able to get close enough to check over the last day or so.  We don’t want to disturb them at this time so only check when we are able to. 

27 March - Wynn and Bryn have been tiding their nest and one egg has been spotted so far.