Cygnets flourish on the Heath

The cygnets of Hampstead Heath are thriving this year with 16 new arrivals enjoying their new ponds.

Five are paddling around in pond number one in Hampstead, another five in the Highgate pond known as the dog pond and a further six at the bird pond.

The cygnets at the bird pond are much younger than the others and were born very recently on June 1.

Seven were born to the mother but one sadly died within four days.

The larger cygnets on the other ponds were born around a month earlier.