The largest of the waterbirds, the longest necked, and perhaps one of the most iconic. There are three different species of swan that can be seen in the UK. One, the mute swan, is the largest and resident all year round; the other two undertake a long and perilous migration from their breeding grounds in the high Arctic tundra to our shores. Find out more about the different species of migratory swan that call our wetlands home.

Bewick's swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii)

The UK's smallest swan species, with a dainty black and yellow bill and soft bugling call.

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Whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus)

The whooper swan is generally larger than the Bewick's swan and has a more triangular, wedge shaped beak.

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