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He builds a raft to save the nest of two unfortunate swans: "I didn't want them to lose their eggs again"

June 13, 2021 • By Alison Forde

It's true, one shouldn't interfere with Nature, but Rob Adamson could no longer bear to see a pair of swans who continually lost their nest with their eggs every time the waters of St Ives, Cornwall ( UK), rose up. The forty-two-year-old therefore decided to intervene to safeguard the nest belonging to that pair of swans, which he had been wathing oven for 10 years at the Jones Boatyard, where he himself lives on a floating boat. In all those years, the swan eggs had always been destroyed due to rising waters or because of foxes, but this time Rob would not allow it. It's no coincidence that, in the area, he is also known by the nickname of "swan man".

via: BBC

Swans are fascinating and also very elegant water birds, which build their nests in spring among the reeds, near water sources. The female lays 5 to 8 eggs and then broods them for about 35 days. Meanwhile, the male guards the nest. The pair of swans that Rob Adamson had been taking care of for years, however, had never had much luck during the brooding period, as the eggs were always lost or destroyed. You shouldn't interfere with Nature, true, but Rob would not have gone to bed peacefully just thinking that, on that Friday evening in May, the swans might lose their eggs again.

That evening, Rob realized just in time that the waters surrounding St Ives were rising and that the poor swans weren't going to make it. So, in a hurry, in the dark of the evening, the man built a kind of makeshift raft, in order to move the nest with the eggs to a safer area. During the operation, he claims that the couple's male did nothing to stop him and neither of them became aggressive: they probably knew that the man was just trying to help them and that they couldn't hope for anything better! The raft had a rope attached to it, so it could be moved across the water if needed.


Rob did a really nice job, giving these swans a chance to continue hatching their own eggs. A man who has dedicated his life to nature and who would not change his lifestyle for the world!


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