They are protected by the Queen, but very occasionally swans have to rely on local police officers, particularly when trying to cross the road.
In September 2010 a disorientated swan confused a busy road in Erdington for its home.
After it decided sitting in the middle of Marsh Hill just after rush hour wasn’t the safest option the bird then moved onto Bleak Hill Road, going in completely the wrong direction as it looked for Witton Lakes.
As traffic grew officers were concerned that motorists avoiding the swan, or becoming distracted by it waddling along, may be involved in an accident. After consulting the RSPCA it was decided the safest option was to restrain the bird and return it back to its rightful home.
Sergeant Simon Hensley who leads the team covering the Stockland Green area commented: “It’s not every day that we have to respond to reports of a runaway swan but officers were able to return it back to the lake uninjured and oblivious to the local interest it had generated.
"Officers from the Stockland Green neighbourhood team also work closely with members of the local community to support a Duckling Watch scheme operating at Witton Lakes. This allows officers to ensure that the lake, and wildlife living there, can be safely enjoyed by the local community."