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Bewick's Swans 15 Jan 2010
Bewick's Swans photograph courtesy of Paul Marshall
Are these elegant winter visitors in decline?

We’re currently experiencing our coldest winter for 30 years and the Arctic temperatures have been hard on our wildlife. If you were watching Snow Watch on BBC2 on Wednesday night you’ll have seen that even birds used to the coldest of conditions are struggling to survive including the Bewick’s Swans which arrives in mid October from Siberia to the winter in the UK. Eileen Rees, is Head of Waterbird Conservation for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. She has written a book devoted to the swans to draw attention to their decline in numbers. She’s spent the last thirty years tracking their migration to the UK from Russia. Fiona Parsons went to Slimbridge in Gloucestershire to meet her…

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