Black Swan Cam is a joint venture by Dawlish Beach Cams and Dawlish Town Council to provide worldwide coverage of the famous, Dawlish black swans. The state of the art camera located on Sea Breeze Cafe roof can focus on the black swans and their nest or can be moved remotely to view the various waterfowl, rough seas, weather, shipping and any trains passing through. The main aim of the camera is to one day, capture the black swans nesting and watch their eggs hatching live.
Below is actual footage from the Black swan Cam but has been fast-forwarded in places to demonstrate all the positions of the camera in a shorter timeframe. Video available to download at bottom of the page.
The Dawlish black swans have brought people to the town from all over the world since the 1940s. Originally native to Australia and first recorded in the 17th Century, the swans have helped to contribute to the towns growth, popularity and tourism.
Recently, a black swan video went viral on the Dawlish Beach Cams Facebook and YouTube channels, seen by over 18m people worldwide and currently being viewed by around 100,000 people per day.
Dawlish Beach Cams was established in 2014 by Neil Salter, who’s late fathers’ passion for trains brought him to the traditional seaside town of Dawlish in Devon. Dawlish Beach Cams began its journey with one live streaming camera covering the passing trains and stunning seaside views. Dawlish Beach Cams grew in popularity after the famous storm of 2014 when part of the sea wall collapsed leaving the railway line hanging in mid-air, closing the line for 6 weeks. Thousands of people, from all over the world, flocked to the online camera to watch the sea wall being rebuilt by the locally named, Orange Army. Dawlish Beach Cams now have 6, state of the art cameras with 24 hour live streams of Dawlish and its surrounding areas along with this latest venture, the Black Swan Cam.
Black Swan Cam officially launches on the 17th October 2020 at midday and will be opened by the Mayor of Dawlish, Councillor Alison Foden. Special thanks go to Sea Breeze for offering their café as the perfect location for the Black Swan Cam. If you are a Dawlish Beach Cams website subscriber, you can with this camera now.
To be a part of this event please visit our Black Swan Cam page here.
The black swans and the waterfowl in the Waterfowl Compound are looked after by the Waterfowl Wardens employed by Dawlish Town Council. The Council is responsible for the feeding, cleaning, veterinary care and heating costs involved in the care all of the waterfowl. Black swans and cygnets can be sponsored or donations made towards the cost of care of the waterfowl. More details on www.dawlish.gov.uk/waterfowl