Swan on Hampstead Heath vies for all-time egg-laying record

A swan has laid eight eggs on Hampstead Heath - will it break the all-time record of nine?

A swan has laid eight eggs on Hampstead Heath - will it break the all-time record of nine? - Credit: Archant

Hampstead Heath wildlife spotters will be aware that a pair of swans are expecting a few little cygnets come the end of May.

Last week Heathman reported that the swans were guarding a respectable clutch of three eggs at their nest in the bird sanctuary pond near Highgate.

But now it seems the happy couple might be going for the all-time heath record for a swan brood – after the egg count rose to a whopping eight this week.

According to photographer and keen swan watcher Ron Vester, the record currently sits at nine.

Heathman will be watching closely for any more arrivals – and to see how the swans cope with the unenviable parenting duties.