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A huge step towards ending the suffering of millions of waterbirds from lead poisoning has been taken following a historic vote to ban lead shot in and around wetlands […] Read more →

Within waterbird assemblages, swans are well-known for showing aggression towards other waterbirds, including other swans […] Read more →

The black-necked swan Cygnus melancoryphus is an aquatic herbivorous bird, native of the southern tip of South America […] Read more →

Lead is one of the non-essential metals that can become a serious environmental threat to the human population and wildlife causing various toxic impairments and pathologies […] Read more →

Members of an EU Committee that deals with chemical hazards have until 15 July to vote on a proposal to restrict the use of lead shot in EU wetlands […] Read more →

“Return of the Swan” is a beautiful photo essay, timelapse and short film by Platte Basin Timelapse (PBT). The photo essay by Mike Forsberg showcases the conservation success story of Trumpeter swans […] Read more →

Two species of swans (Whooper swan and Bewick’s swan) migrate through Karelia, NW Russia. Their spring migrations were studied on farmland near the town of Olonets during the years 1997–2018. […] Read more →

Perceiving how animals adjust their feeding rate under a variety of environmental conditions and understanding the tradeoffs in their foraging strategies are necessary for conservation […] Read more →

The Swan Champions in the European Russian Arctic continue to organise impactful activities that celebrate Bewick’s swans and their wetland habitats and dissuade people from hunting this iconic species […] Read more →

In February a major survey was undertaken in the Volga Delta, Russia, aiming to assess the numbers of different swan species in the region […] Read more →

Spring has sprung and the Bewick’s are making excellent progress on their migration back to their breeding grounds in the Russian Arctic […] Read more →

The IUCN World Conservation Congress is where the world comes together to set priorities and drive conservation and sustainable development action […] Read more →

Are street lights keeping Black Swans awake? Over the past 150 years, artificial light has dramatically transformed our night environment. Today, more than 80% of people live under skies that are unnaturally bright […] Read more →

Recent estimates of the world’s swan Cygnus sp. populations indicate that there are currently between 1.5-1.6 million birds in 8 species […] Read more →

Internationally coordinated censuses of the Northwest European Bewick’s swan population have been undertaken across the swans’ European wintering range at approximately 5-year intervals […] Read more →

Around the weekend of 14/15 December the Swan Specialist Group held a coordinated count in Europe to find out how many cygnets were born this year. The NW European wintering population has been declining […] Read more →

In October 2018, over 100 swan researchers gathered in Tartu in Estonia for the 6th International Swan Symposium. We’re delighted that now some of the key research from that meeting has been published […] Read more →

Mute Swans Cygnus olor are at high risk from lead poisoning as they live in habitats where recreational coarse fishing occurs […] Read more →

Using ultraviolet light to reduce powerline collisions

Mortality due to collisions with power lines affects waterbirds around the world.  This includes impacts to swans.  The primary mechanism by which avian collisions are mitigated is […] Read more →

International Bewick’s and Whooper Swan Census

January 2020 sees the next of the 5-yearly International Bewick’s and Whooper Swan Censuses take place across northwest Europe […] Read more →

Are trends in Bewick’s Swan numbers driven by changes in food supplies?

WWT’s centres provide some of the most important roost sites for the swans visiting Britain, with WWT Welney alone supporting more than 30% of Europe’s total population  […] Read more →

Initiatives to help the Bewick’s swan

Bonn, 29 November 2018 – The Bewick’s Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii) is classed as “Least Concern” by IUCN (IUCN 2018), but it is in decline in NW Europe […] Read more →

International Annual Bewick’s Swan Age Count, 15-16 December 2018

In the weekend of 15-16 December 2018, The 37th annual Bewick’s Swan age count is held. We kindly invite you to participate in these international Bewick’s swan age and/or brood count […] Read more →

Michigan’s Mute Swan Research Leverages Emerging Technologies

The presence of mute swans (Cygnus olor) in the Great Lakes region of North America serves as a visible reminder to our connected cultures, economies and world […] Read more →

Sixth International Swan Symposium

Members of the Wetlands International / IUCN-SSC Swan Specialist Group (SSG) from Europe, Asia and North America came together to discuss the latest swan research and conservation activities […] Read more →

Interpretation changes of incidental take in Migratory Bird Treaty Act

US Department of the Interior legal memorandum changes interpretation of incidental take in Migratory Bird Treaty Act […] Read more →

Migration press notice

Russia’s skies to fill with snow-coloured swans signalling winter is on the way […] Read more →

Ring found/Найденное кольцо

Today, the reindeer breeders of the “Ilebts” community handed in a swan ring […] Read more →

Deadline for early bird registration!

The deadline for early bird registration is fast approaching! For a discount on your registration fee, make sure you register your attendance by 1 August 2018 […] Read more →

World Migratory Bird Day celebrations

World Migratory Birds Day is celebrated every May. This year the State Nenetskiy Zapovednik (reserve) in the Russian Arctic dedicated the day to the Bewick’s swan […] Read more →

Latest swan colour-marking update from WWT

In August 2017, a team made up of staff from WWT and University College London (UCL) joined Russian colleagues on an expedition to the Russian tundra to catch and colour-ring Bewick’s Swans […] Read more

Bewick’s Swan Champion Workshop in Russia

Last week, a workshop was held in Naryan-Mar in the Russian Arctic to plan activities that champion Bewick’s Swans and their wetland habitats and reduce their hunting. Creative and practical ideas were discussed with energy and enthusiasm in what was a very inspiring day […] Read more

Trumpeter Swan research in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem

Research is continuing to investigate the factors that affect the long-term persistence and resilience of Trumpeter Swan flocks in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem […] Read more

US Fish and Wildlife Service swan survey reports available online

Trumpeter Swan survey reports and data are available […] Read more

First Announcement: 6th International Swan Symposium

We are delighted to announce that the 6th International Swan Symposium will be held at the Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, Estonia, from 16–19 October 2018 […] Read more

Winter reflections of Bewick’s swans in the UK

As the festive season is upon us, we are still waiting for our annual ‘swan-fall’ here in the UK. On one or two days every winter, we are treated to the mass arrival of Bewick’s swans from the Russian arctic […] Read more