Aim to re­verse swan num­bers de­cline

Bird Watching (UK) - - News Wire -

Swans have it eas­ier than paramo­tors where fly­ing is con­cerned, it seems. Sacha Dench’s at­tempts to fol­low the route of Bewick’s Swans from Siberia to Slim­bridge flew into prob­lems, mak­ing the team 10 days be­hind sched­ule. How­ever, the first swans ar­rived in Ger­many and the Nether­lands ear­lier this year than usual. This ap­par­ent ease, how­ever, be­lies the re­al­ity of the swans’ jour­ney; Bewick’s Swan num­bers are de­clin­ing and nearly a quar­ter of all the swans that ar­rive each year at Slim­bridge have been wounded by shot­gun fire, de­spite shoot­ing swans be­ing il­le­gal along the fly­way. Hope­fully the epic flight will help to ad­dress this, along with other threats such as habi­tat loss and col­li­sions with power lines.

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