SO7104 : Trumpeter Swans at WWT Slimbridge

taken 8 years ago, near to Moorend, Gloucestershire, Great Britain

Trumpeter Swans at WWT Slimbridge
Trumpeter Swans at WWT Slimbridge
The Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) is native to North America and is, on average, the largest extant waterfowl species on earth. It is the North American counterpart of the European Whooper Swan. The small flock of Trumpeter Swans at Slimbridge are descended from four swans flown across the Atlantic as a gift for HM Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth following her tour of Canada in 1950. As well as being the biggest of all wildfowl, it is also, reputedly, the loudest; hence the name “Trumpeter”

WWT Slimbridge is a reserve set up to care for and study wildfowl. It is managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, on the estuary of the river Severn. The reserve was the first WWT centre to be opened, on 10 November 1946, by artist and naturalist Sir Peter Scott.

The reserve site covers an area of 3 square kilometres, of which 500,000 square metres is landscaped and can be visited by the public. To cater for bird and duck watchers, several hides have been set up overlooking the fields, streams and lakes bordering the River Severn and the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 28 February, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 5 March, 2012
Geographical Context
Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 718 045 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:44.3474N 2:24.5356W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 718 045
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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