100th cygnet makes an early debut at Moors Valley Country Park (May 2013)

100th cygnet makes an early debut at Moors Valley Country Park (May 2013)

The first cygnets have hatched at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, near Ringwood, signalling the arrival of summer at the Park.

Not only is this earliest hatching at the Park since records began, but the first of the cygnets to arrive  is also believed to be the 100th hatching at Moors Valley since it opened 25 years ago. The early arrival is particularly surprising considering how cold the spring has been.

Traditionally seen as one of the first signs of summer, two cygnets can now be seen by Moors Lake at the Park, with 3 eggs still to hatch. A further pair of swans is nesting on the Park’s Crane Lake.

As well as the swans at Moors Valley, the water also provides a home for nesting mallards, which currently have a clutch of 13 duckings on the lake, coots, moorhens and even watervoles, following a successful reintroduction programme last year.

The Park opens every day. For more information go to www.moors-valley.co.uk or call the Rangers on 01425 470721.

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Editors notes:

A selection of high resolution images can be downloaded from the press images gallery.

For more detailed information contact:
Katie Davies at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest
Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood BH24 2ET
Tel: 01425 470721 Email: ktdavies@christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk