Mac the Lego Mallard and, above, Benedict the Bewick's swan
Julia Newth, wildlife health research officer at WWT, said: "We still need to find out what is driving down Bewick's swan
numbers and reverse this worrying decline, but this year's good breeding season is very welcome news.
The male Bewick's swan
, which was first tagged back in 1991, is thought to be one of the oldest in its species.
MIKE STOCKER has reported good numbers of wintering goosanders at Mere Sands Wood recently, and Bewick's swan
at nearby Martin Mere.
A Bewick's swan
at the Wildfowl and Weland Trust at Slimbridge
Nearby, three Bewick's Swans
are at RSPB Oakenholt Marsh and a Great White Egret at Sealand Ranges.
finally arrived in Britain yesterday morning - heralding the latest start of winter since 1969.
From this superb vantage point, you can see at close quarters the likes of Bewick's swans
who have flown in all the way from Russia.
Some 16,000 Whoopers (more than half the entire population), and 7,000 Bewick's swans
(a third of the world's total number) see out the worst of the cold in the comparatively toasty UK.
Some 16,000 Whoopers, (more than half the entire population), and 7,000 Bewick's swans
(a third of the world's total number) see out the worst of the cold in the comparatively balmy UK.
Whooper and Bewick's swans
fly from Iceland and Scandinavia to escape freezing weather.
are believed to be the birds that mate for life.
MORE proof the world's gone mad - it was reported yesterday that thousands of Bewick's swans
, which have normally arrived to spend the winter in Britain by late October, have so far failed to turn up.
Roughly 2,500 birds live here permanently, but 30,000 can visit per year, including Bewick's Swans
from Arctic Russia.
Some 9,000 Bewick's swans
and 10,000 whooper swans come to British waters to escape the harsh winter of their northern homes.