Background

Illegal shooting of the Northwest European Bewick’s Swan

Every autumn in Northern Europe, we eagerly anticipate the arrival of 20,000 Bewick’s Swans from the tundras of arctic European Russia. This is the longest migration of any swan species in the world and requires a remarkable feat of endurance which takes each bird on a 3000km journey along the Baltic to wintering sites in the lowland areas of Northwest Europe. The swans face a number of threats on their long journey. Some survive, some do not.

Read about the plight of the Bewick’s Swan.