THE swan population in Bourne has grown this week thanks to a donation of two new birds.
Bourne Business Chamber has donated the money to buy a breeding pair of black swans for St Peter’s Pool in the Wellhead Park.
The family of waterfowl that has been in the park since 1999 was down to the last bird after a dog attack killed a swan last month.
The new swans were placed in a holding pen on the pond on Monday afternoon and will be released fully tomorrow (Thursday) once they have acclimatised to their new environment.
Secretary of Bourne Business Chamber Tim Armstrong said: “They have been very well received, everyone has said how nice it is to have them back in the Wellhead Park.
“Everyone had missed the swans since the attack.
“It is nice for the businesses in Bourne to be able to give something back to the town.”
It is hoped the swans will breed in the autumn.
Members of the business group transported the swans from their home at UK Waterfowl in Hanworth, Norfolk to St Peter’s Pool.
Tim, who owns carpet cleaning firm Home Revive, said: “I had to be taught how to hold a swan and sometimes swans are not particularly compliant.
“The male swan did not want to be picked up when he arrived back so I held it with real trepidation when we unloaded.”
He added: “We are really grateful to the Bourne United Charities who own the land for giving us permission to put the swans on the pond.”
The pond had been dry since September but recent heavy rainfall has filled it to capacity in time for the new arrivals.
Bourne United Charities will look after the swans.