Wild swan feeds with Dafila Scott

Leigh Marshall - WWT Welney Centre Manager, Cllr Ian Lindsay - Deputy Mayor of Ely, Dafila Scott, Suzanne Lindsay - Deputy Mayoress of Ely, Cllr John Fox ' Mayor of Downham Market, Margaret Fox - Mayoress of Downham Market CREDIT Adam Finch/WWT
Leigh Marshall - WWT Welney Centre Manager, Cllr Ian Lindsay - Deputy Mayor of Ely, Dafila Scott, Suzanne Lindsay - Deputy Mayoress of Ely, Cllr John Fox ' Mayor of Downham Market, Margaret Fox - Mayoress of Downham Market CREDIT Adam Finch/WWT

Wild swans nesting at Welney were given a special treat when they were fed by the daughter of Sir Peter Scott.

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) founder’s daughter Dafila visited the Welney site to help feed the swans on Friday last week.

Hundreds of swans, including the rare Bewick’s, descend on the reserve each winter and create an amazing spectacle for visitors.

Ms Scott, who has a close link to Welney after studying Bewick’s Swans on the Ouse Washes for her PhD, had spent the afternoon at the reserve before stepping out onto the main lagoon to feed the swans.

Among the special guests at the event was Downham Mayor John Fox along with the deputy mayor of Ely, Peter Lindsay.

The first public floodlit feed took place on Sunday, with a good crowd enjoying commentary from the guide.

Warden Louise Clewley, Warden said: “The floodlit feeds are a fantastic chance see a real life swan lake. Swans that have been out on the fields feeding throughout the day, fly back to the reserve at dusk to roost on the safety of the water.

“At the start of the season, water levels are normally so good that the swans are extremely close to the hide. It also means that the birds are not spread out across the whole reserve so the number on the main lagoon at its best.”

Wild swan feeds are held daily at 3.30pm while floodlit feeds are held at 6.30pm between Thursday and Sunday.

Visitors will be able to watch swan’s awake from 6.30am to 9am on Saturday and Sunday, November 28 and 29.