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Gloucestershire Police have arrested a 48 year old man from Cheltenham on suspicion of injuring a swan.
George, a male swan, was shot with a crossbow in Pittville Park, Cheltenham last week and was seriously injured. He remains at Vale Wildlife Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre where his condition is improving.
The man has been bailed pending further enquiries.
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A team of volunteers set off for Russia, where they will meet up with ‘Swan woman’ Sacha Dench-following the Bewick swans' migration flight.Read the full story ›
The famous swans at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells have had their first new arrival of 2016.
A cygnet hatched out into the nest in the early hours of the morning of Saturday 30 April.
Viewers around the world can monitor the huge nest by the palace moat at via 'Swan Cam’ - the Palace’s infra-red web cam.
It’s thought to be the first time in recent years that the cygnets have been born in April.
The tradition of keeping swans on the moat dates back to the 1800’s when Bishop Hervey’s daughter first introduced a pair.
Two PCSOs have come to the rescue of two young swans in Bath. They were called to St Mark's Road in Widcombe by concerned passers-by. One cygnet was dozing in the road while the other had got itself trapped in the cemetery by the former church.
We’ve had to deal with swans a couple of times before so we knew how to handle them. We put blankets over their heads and bodies to pacify them, then we lifted them and carried them to the canal nearby.
They were young birds but pretty big and strong. Luckily they stayed quite calm, although one tried to give me a good pecking and the other left Mike needing a change of trousers.
They seemed happy enough to be back on water and soon paddled off. Hopefully they’ll stay off the roads in future.
The winter's first family of Bewick's swans arrived at Slimbridge Wetland Centre today. The event is traditionally seen as heralding the start of winter - and this year it's around two weeks later than usual.
The small, wild swans migrate from Russia to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in Gloucestershire every year. Normally they finish their journey by mid-to-late October, but this year’s mild weather and unfavourable wind directions dramatically delayed the first arrivals.
The family of two adults and two cygnets touched down this morning. Mum and dad were quickly identified from their distinctive bill patterns as WWT regulars Nurton and Nusa.
We are excited to see that the first arrivals are a family because the swans desperately need more cygnets to bolster the dwindling population.
They are familiar with the reserve as they have spent the last five winters here. Their cygnets have now learnt the migration route from their parents and we are hoping that they will also become regular fixtures here.
Many more Bewick’s swans are expected to arrive at WWT Slimbridge in the coming weeks, with numbers usually reaching 300.