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From the Times

For the first time in 600 years, the world-famous Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset is home to six black cygnets.

Traditionally, the first young swans to emerge each year are supposed to herald the beginning of summer. This is the first time that they have been black.

 Black Swans are originally from Australia and New Zealand and it is rare to see them outside a specialist wildlife park. But there were a pair on the River Stour near Flatford Mill for a time which used to swim past my husband while he was fishing.