As usual in summer, the major visitor attraction has been mute swan cygnets (above). Although the reservoir pair failed to breed this year, probably due to the inconsistent water level, the pair on the adjacent New River successfully hatched five cygnets starting around the 17th of June.
It has also been a successful breeding season for ducks. Around three years ago a male mallard with some domestic mallard genes arrived on-site, It bred with a fully wild female mallard and proved to have excellent parenting skills. It also seemed to pass good parenting genes on to its offspring, and now after a few breeding cycles, there are more than fifty descendants of this duck either in the reservoir or along the New River. The domestic ancestry means they have a wide variety of unusual plumages, although the curly tail feathers gives them away as mallards.
As well as mallards, tufted duck, gadwall and pochard (below) have all bred here this year. At least three broods of pochard is notable because it is officially a scarce breeding bird in the UK.