SD8303 : Mute Swan at Heaton Park

taken 4 years ago, near to Prestwich, Bury, Great Britain

Mute Swan at Heaton Park
Mute Swan at Heaton Park
The mute swan (Cygnus olor) is a very large white waterbird. It has a long S-shaped neck, and an orange bill with black at the base of it. It breeds across most of the UK and may be seen anywhere there is a shallow lake, or a slow-flowing river, even in urban areas and parks. This one is enjoying the sanctuary of the WWTs Slimbridge reserve along with its migratory cousins from Northern Europe and Russia.

Mute Swans are less vocal than the noisy Trumpeter, Whooper and Bewick's Swans but, despite the name, they are certainly not mute, making a variety of grunting, hoarse whistling, and snorting noises, and usually hiss at predators (or other swans) trying to enter their territory.
Heaton Park :: SD8304
Heaton Park, which comprises the grounds of a Grade I listed neoclassical 18th-century country house, Heaton Hall (SD8304 : Heaton Hall) is located 4 miles north of Manchester city centre. Covering an area reported as over 640 acres, it is the biggest park in Greater Manchester and one of the largest municipal parks in Europe. Heaton Park is listed Grade 2 on the English Heritage Register of Parks and there are nine listed structures in the park. Details can be found on the English Heritage website LinkExternal link .

Heaton Park was sold to Manchester City Council in 1902, by the Earl of Wilton, to be kept for the enjoyment and recreation of the public. Manchester Council later used part of the north side of the park for the construction of a large gravity feed reservoir; interrupted by the First World War, this work was only completed in the 1920s. A municipal golf course (SD8304 : Heaton Park Golf Course) was also laid out and a large boating lake excavated (SD8303 : Heaton Park Boating Lake). The former facade of the first Manchester Town Hall on King Street (SD8303 : Heaton Park - Town Hall Colonnade) was re-erected as a backdrop to the lake.

During the First World War the Manchester Pals used the park as a training depot. The park was also used as the site of a Royal Air Force depot in the Second World War.

At the end of the 20th century the park was renovated and some of the buildings and original vistas from the 18th century landscape design were restored as part of a millennium project partnership between the Heritage Lottery Fund and Manchester City Council.

LinkExternal link Heaton Park website
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Date Taken
Sunday, 26 April, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 29 April, 2015
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Suburb, Urban fringe  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
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Panasonic DMC-G3 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 830 037 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:31.7971N 2:15.4214W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 830 037
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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