Our Swans

Here at Mulbery House we are famous for our Black Swans - they have been a popular feature here for over 20 years. Our current breeding pair produced four cygnets on 1st September 2017.  

Black Swans generally pair for life and both shared the incubation duties, the female taking the night shift! They aggressively defend their nests so we had to rope the area off until they hatched. The cygnets will be tended for the first 9 months until fledging.

Black Swans

Black Swans at Mulberry


The black swan is common in the wetlands of southwestern and eastern Australia and adjacent coastal island. Black swans are large birds with mostly black plumage and red bills.  They are monogamous breeders. Male and female share incubation and cygnet rearing duty.

Black swans were introduced to various countries as an ornamental bird in the 1800s, but have escaped and formed stable populations. A small population of black swans exists on the River Thames at Marlow, and near the River Itchen, Hampshire, there is also one on the River Tees near Stockton on Tees.