Slimbridge swan study celebrates 50 years

A study of Bewick's swans has been running for 50 years today. It was started by Sir Peter Scott at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Gloucestershire.

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50 years of studying swans

Bewick swans at Slimbridge Credit: Wetlands & Wildfowl Trust

One of the longest-running animal research projects in the world is 50 today. The Bewick's swan study was started at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire by Sir Peter Scott in 1964.

He noticed that the birds have unique bill patterns, which researchers have to learn before they can take part.

More than 9,000 different swans have been identified. The work has provided data on survival rates and meant breeding sites in Russia have been protected.

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