SO7204 : Bewick's Swans at Slimbridge

taken 7 years ago, near to Moorend, Gloucestershire, Great Britain

Bewick's Swans at Slimbridge
Bewick's Swans at Slimbridge
A family of Bewick's Swans on the large lake to the north of the Peng Observatory. Bewick's Swans are a feature of Slimbridge in winter, arriving from northern Russia to enjoy the milder climate of southern England. Bewick's swans are the smallest swans to visit the UK. They arrive in the UK in mid-October after breeding in Siberia. They spend the winter here in our comparatively warm climate, before departing in March. Compared to the similar whooper swan (ST1769 : Whooper Swan - Cosmeston Lakes Country Park), these swans have proportionally more black and less yellow on their bill.

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)
Tuesday, 6 March, 2012
Geographical Context
Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 7225 0487 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:44.5104N 2:24.1982W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 7223 0487
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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