1. Swan rescued after getting trapped in lock gate

    A swan had to be rescued by firefighters and RSCPA officers after it got stuck between the wooden slats of a lock gate.

    Swan trapped in lock gate

    The stricken bird was spotted at Swinton Lock in Mexborough by a member of the public on Friday.

    RSPCA Inspector Sara Jordan said: “The poor swan had got herself well and truly wedged between the metal and the wood of the lock gate. Her wing was stuck between the slats and she could hardly move.

    “We think perhaps she had entered another swan’s territory and had been fleeing attack when she got herself stuck. I couldn’t have rescued this poor bird without the help of the fire services and their technical equipment.

    "She was checked over at the vets who found that thankfully there were no broken bones, just some soft tissue damage."

    The swan is now recovering at the RSPCA's Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire before being released back into the wild.

    Swan trapped in lock gate
  2. Swan shot dead with arrow

    Swans at Poole Park boating lake

    A swan has been shot and killed with an arrow near a boating lake in Dorset.

    The bird was found injured at about 08:45 BST today in Poole Park.

    It was taken to a vet but died soon afterwards.

    Police said three arrows were found nearby.

    Anyone with information is urged to contact Dorset Police.

  3. Drivers asked to take care as swan family crosses road

    Drivers are being asked to take care on roads around a busy roundabout as a family of swans have been crossing over.

    Two adult swans have been seen guiding their cygnets across carriageways near Testos Roundabout in Boldon at the junction between the A19 and A184.

    Durham Wildlife Trust is asking drivers to stick to the speed limit in the area and keep an eye on the road as they are doing in the video below.

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  4. Lives of Lincoln's famous swans are focus for new app

    A research project has been launched in Lincoln in a bid to help scientists understand more about the city's much-loved swan population.


    The birds have supposedly been a fixture on the city's Brayford Pool for centuries, with a university bar even named after them.

    However, researchers at the University of Lincoln say they don't know much about their lives.

    An app has now been developed so people can log sightings of the swans in and around the city.

    The swans have been the cause of concern many times in recent decades, including being the victims of a mysterious bird 'bug' in 2003, having their territory invaded in 2004 by Australian swans, and even having a fake island built for them while construction work was carried out in 2013.

    The app is designed so people can submit data and find out more about what the swans have been up to before being sighted.

    Quote Message: We have already received some really interesting sightings of Lincoln swans from further afield, including two cygnets hatched in 2019 sighted this year in Yorkshire, but we are also interested in the local movements of the birds." from Dr Jenny Dunn Senior Lecturer, University of Lincoln
    Dr Jenny DunnSenior Lecturer, University of Lincoln
  5. Man arrested after two swans shot dead in Leeds

    A man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of two swans in Leeds.

    Two generic swans

    The male and female swans were shot on marshland next to Knowsthorpe water treatment works, Pontefract Lane, at about 21:00 on 8 June.

    West Yorkshire Police say a 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage in connection with the incident yesterday.

    The force say he has since been released under investigation while inquiries are ongoing.

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    Video caption: Dad rescues cygnets on lockdown walk

    Kieran Edwards, 39, said he was out walking with his three children when they saw the chicks were stranded.