A brood of up to six cygnets hatched on the Shoulder of Mutton Pond in Wanstead Park have all died.
“It is not unusual for swans to lose many of their newborn – they are vulnerable to foxes, gulls, terrapins and even snakes. But more worrying this year is the increased human footprint in the park because of lockdown. We discovered a path we believe was human-made leading directly to the nest. This may have been innocently done, but it created a direct line for foxes to the cygnets,” said Tracey Adebowale-Jones.