Man Builds Raft To Save “Unluckiest” Swan’s Eggs From Flooding River

May 26, 2021 at 3:24 pm

After watching a swan lose her eggs to rising tides for 10 years, this man moved her nest onto a raft so she could finally become a mother



A British man named Rob Adamson has looked after the swans on the River Great Ouse from his houseboat for 10 years.

Known locally as “The Swan Man,” he’s raised orphans and built a fence to keep foxes out of the birds’ breeding grounds.

Over the years, he noticed one particular swan was having a really hard time getting any of her eggs to hatch. If the foxes didn’t get them, the unpredictable water levels did.

So this spring, Adamson was keeping a particularly close eye on her, when he noticed theriver’s tides were rising rapidly, and the water was lapping around her eggs.

“She is the unluckiest swan; I needed to make sure they survived,” he told the BBC.

So he built a makeshift raft out of a plastic crate, tied it to the shore with a rope, and quietly lifted the swan’s nest onto it in the night.

“You’re not supposed to interfere, but it had got to the point where they were all going to die,” Adamson said.

“I couldn’t go to bed knowing that. I knew I would regret it if I didn’t do anything to save them.”

The swan and her eggs were still sitting on the nest while Adamson sneakily transferred it to the raft.

“The dad was watching too, but neither of them attacked me. I think they knew it was their best chance.”

Adamson expects the eggs to hatch later this week, finally making the swan a first-time mother. He said he’ll keep a close eye on them until then.

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