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News article created on 3 June 2014

Name our cygnets

We're asking for help to name five new-born cygnets who live at the historic Caen Hill lock flight on the Kennet & Avon Canal in Devizes.

Our ecologists have asked for the help from wildlife lovers, as they continue to monitor the cygnets and their mum and dad throughout the summer.

If you want to suggest a name for one of the cygnets please email wildlife.caenhill@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Full of personality

Laura Plenty, Canal & River Trust ecologist, said: “The cygnets are doing really well at the moment, they are full of personality, and we’ve had visitors from as far away as Australia and Canada who’ve taken an interest in them.

"There is always so much going on at Caen Hill. We’ve seen everything here from snakes to iguanas to TV celebrities in the past, so it will be great to watch the swan family as they interact with everything on the canal. It’d be great to give them each a name as we watch them grow and learn the skills they need to survive on their own.

"We like to think we’ve got a few creative brains in the team, but it’d be great if people lent us a hand and gave us their suggestions. At this stage we’re not sure which are male and which are female, so names to suit both sexes would be great. One thing I would stress though is that like any new parent swans can get a bit protective, so if you are visiting the canal it’s important to give them their space and, importantly, keep dogs on a lead if you are around them.”

Last year the new born swans at Caen Hill were named; Marmite, Blackberry jam, Strawberry jam and Lemon curd. The mum is Pain and the dad is Backside.