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Another ‘extraordinary’ clutch of cygnets hatch on Hampstead Heath

PUBLISHED: 16:42 05 May 2020 | UPDATED: 16:43 05 May 2020

10 cygnets have hatched on Hampstead No. 1 Pond. Picture: Ron Vester

10 cygnets have hatched on Hampstead No. 1 Pond. Picture: Ron Vester

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Ten cygnets have been born on Hampstead No. 1 Pond on the Heath.

10 cygnets have hatched on Hampstead No. 1 Pond. Picture: Ron Vester10 cygnets have hatched on Hampstead No. 1 Pond. Picture: Ron Vester

The first fluffy newcomer emerged, bleary-eyed, on Friday with its siblings joining us in north London over the weekend.

Heath and Hampstead Society Heath sub-committee member Ron Vester, who chronicles the lives of the swans on the Heath throughout the year, was on hand – during his daily permitted lockdown exercise – to photograph the cygnets.

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Ron told this newspaper: “The pair of mute swans had ten cygnets last year, and another extraordinary clutch of ten were laid again this year.”

10 cygnets have hatched on Hampstead No. 1 Pond. Picture: Ron Vester10 cygnets have hatched on Hampstead No. 1 Pond. Picture: Ron Vester

He explained he had be delighted to catch “a very special moment on film” as the pen – the adult female swan – stood over the eggs she knew were to hatch imminently.

The City of London Corporation’s Hampstead Heath team tweeted: “Some new fencing is going up today to protect this swan mum and her little cygnets. Please remember if you’re coming to have a look at them while you’re out for your daily exercise that social distancing guidelines still apply.”’


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