Swan Eggs Laid and Swan Cam Now Live at The Bishop’s Palace

3 eggs nest best at the Bishops Palace

Egg-citing news at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells, where the famous Swans of Wells have laid eggs in their nest.

The pair, named Grace and Gabriel, became more popular than ever last year, when thousands of locked-down viewers tuned in daily to the Palace’s 24 hour Swan Cam to catch a glimpse of the swans and their cygnets.

Last year, Grace decided to make her nest on an island in the middle of the Palace Moat, right next to a public footbridge. Luckily, as the Gardens were closed due to lockdown, she was not disturbed in this location, but this year, Palace Staff were keen to encourage her to return to the safer location alongside the Moat, by the Palace’s Office door. The Palace Gardeners left some tempting foliage near this location, and the clever birds decided to construct their nest in the preferred spot.

On the nest 2 with eggs 2202 at Bishop's Palace

The extremely popular Swan Cam has now gone live on the Palace website. With infra-red capability, the Swan Cam runs 24 hours a day and is trained on the nest.

Grace is thought to have laid at least six eggs in her nest and is settling down to incubate them over the next few weeks. The incubation period usually lasts for around 5 weeks and fans of Swan Cam can compete to be the first to spot a cygnet emerging.

There is still one of last year’s cygnets on the moat, but it’s likely that he will be on his way soon.  Dad, Gabriel, is certainly giving him a hard time and using what could be termed as very strong persuasion to encourage him to leave.

To watch Swan Cam, viewers should head to the home page of The Bishop’s Palace website,, and scroll down to the “Latest Videos” section at the bottom.

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