The UK’s smallest swan
Not usually found in the UK at this time of year, as this country, along with Germany and the Netherlands, provide the Bewick’s Swan with their winter base; arriving in Britain mid-October and returning to Siberia in March. The Swan is somehow a quintessential British bird, one thinks of swan-upping and the mythical notion that the monarch somehow owns all the swans in England – she doesn’t, the rights pertain to wild mute swans ringed on stretches of the Thames and not to any others. And don’t get me going on the worshipful companies of Vintners and Dyers!
But I digress. It is the mute swan that is native to these shores all year round. The Whooper Swan and Bewick’s Swan are visitors. The pair of Bewick’s pictured here are residents at the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust Centre at Martin Mere, Lancashire.