March 21, 2011:
Coming down the M6 late this afternoon a group of white shapes could be seen on No. 1 pool as Junction 31 was approached. A closer inspection from under the motorway embankment showed they were Whooper Swans. Although viewed distantly there appeared to be about 12 birds, the majority of them asleep in the shallow water just off the island. No doubt they were resting up on their passage north; it was good to see them here.