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Black Swans return to Leeds Castle
General19 September 2022

Black Swans Have Returned To Leeds Castle

We are thrilled to announce that our majestic Black Swans are once again gracing the waters at Leeds Castle. 

Following a successful fundraising effort, to which we would like to thank you each and every one of you who took the time to donate, Black Swans have returned home to Leeds Castle! 

We now have six females and four male swans, who are all settling in very well to their new surroundings. We can’t wait for you to see these beautiful animals in person, so be sure to take pictures and share them with us using #LeedsCastle and @leedscastleuk

Did you know…

Where do Black Swans come from?

– They are a South Eastern/South Western Australian species

– Although they are quite abundant in Europe 

What do they eat?

– In the wild they feed on aquatic and marshland plants

– Here we feed them specific swan and waterfowl food made up of wheat and pellets, they will also feed on the plants that grow in the water. 

When do they breed? How many babies? How long is incubation?

– Black Swans are able to breed all year round; previously we have had babies in the spring but also in October and November.

– The average amount of cygnets/eggs is 4 – 8.

– Incubation is around 35 – 40 days; both parents will incubate the eggs.

– Black Swans are Monogamous – mate for life (6% – 7% divorce rate!).

What’s the difference between male and female? 

– Males (known as Cobs) are larger with a longer neck and straighter bill.

– Females (known as Pens) are slightly smaller.