Known all over the world as symbols of beauty and romance, these loyal and mysterious birds captivate people of all ages. Whilst they’re known for their graceful and slow movements, they are also formidable flyers; travelling hundreds of miles to find food and safe breeding grounds.

WWT has a soft spot for swans; they’re a huge part of who we are and what we do. We have world-class researchers who can identify each returning Bewick’s swan by its bill pattern and their individual (often quirky!) personalities. We also investigate and find solutions to threats such as power lines, illegal shooting and habitat destruction. Through our nine Wetland Centres we encourage people to get up close to these fascinating birds and learn more about them.

Take a look around our swan hub;  learn more about swans and their incredible journeys through researcher Julia’s diary,  find out which centres have winter swan feeds, stock up on the striking new swan-bill merchandise before Christmas -   and if you you’d like, support our Swan Appeal.

However you’d like to show your support for swans, we’d be very grateful.

Swan news

Find out the latest migration news and developments from WWT’s swan expert, Julia.

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Seeing swans

A winter swan feed is an unforgettable experience – all from the comfort of a heated hide!

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Studying swans

How we recognise swans, why we started and what this means for the future

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Swan resources

Show your love for swans with a free downloadable Facebook or Twitter background

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Our new range of funky bill-pattern gifts are out – perfect for those ‘hard to buy for’ nature lovers!

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