For many years the area on the River Severn between the railway viaduct and the Worcester Cathedral Ferry has been designated as a Swan Sanctuary. There is now a large and healthy population of Mute Swans on the water. These swans have become an integral part of the makeup of the city and are relatively comfortable around people. Fishing in this area is banned and the swans are supported by a number of organisations including the City Council and the volunteer led ‘Swan Food Project’. The natural beauty and general friendliness of these swans has made them a wonderful sight to see when visiting Worcester.