For the purposes of our bird news services, this species is classed as Common: common species, including species that are certain or probable escapees from captivity when occurring in the British Isles. (Note that rarity levels are currently applied nationally and may not reflect local variations in abundance.)
Ten swans and several geese have now been shot so far this year by what is thought to be teenagers using low-powered air-guns between Allerton Bywater to Castleford Ings, West Yorkshire. Any witnesses should contact the RSPCA on 08705 555999.
5 reports returned.
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Mute Swan breeds in the following countries (Bird News Extra subscribers will see population statistics and information on trends for each country, and a map of population densities):
Albania Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Ireland Italy Latvia Lichtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macedonia Moldova Netherlands Norway Poland Romania Russia Serbia and Montenegro Slovakia Slovenia Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine