Young family swanning about Montrose!

The crew of Montrose Lifeboat and police officers shepherding the swans to the water at Montrose Basin
The crew of Montrose Lifeboat and police officers shepherding the swans to the water at Montrose Basin

Montrose Lifeboat and local police officers were called out to an unusual incident at the weekend when a family were seen ‘swanning’ about the town.

A family of swans were seen all across Montrose on Saturday morning as they waddled their way from the Links all the way to the famous statue of Norwegian wartime sea dog Bamse on Wharf Street.

The family with three young cygnets brought traffic to a standstill and had to be rescued by Montrose Lifeboat and local police officers, who shepherded them to the water at Montrose Basin.

Jim Strachan of Montrose RNLI said: “I saw them from my window as they passed my house with a police van escorting them.

“I knew some of the lads would be at the lifeboat station training and doing some maintenance, so I gathered a posse to help.

“It was a nice little rescue.

“We ushered them towards the bridge and down the steps into the water at the Basin.

“They were last seen swimming towards Ferryden.”

The family of swans clearly captured the hearts of Montrosians with many locals posting photos of the birds on social media.

A female swan is known was a pen, a male swan is called a cob and the young are called cygnets. Adults usually weigh between 10 to 15 kg with a wingspan up to 200cm.

Traditionally, the British Monarch retains the right to ownership of all unmarked mute swans in open water, but the Queen only exercises ownership on certain stretches of the River Thames and its surrounding tributaries.