300 Icelandic Swans alight on Westmeath Farm


HUNDREDS of Icelandic whooper swans have set up nest on the fields of Westmeath farmer Vincent Nally, Emper, Co Westmeath.

Speaking to Topic Mr. Nally said the swans have been making the annual 1,400km trip across the North Atlantic for ten years.

An estimated 12,500 whooper swans spend the winter in Ireland. They come from western Iceland to Ireland and western Scotland. Birds from eastern Iceland spend the winter in eastern Scotland and southern Scandinavia.