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Swans

Group: 
Birds

Large, elegant birds seen mainly on, or near, rivers and lakes.

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Original Tweets Guidance Notes

Mute Swan

Cygnus olor
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A familiar and increasing species of a range of fresh water habitats and ocassionally on saline waters too


 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Bewicks Swan

Cygnus columbianus
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A wintering species in Britain but very few come as far south as Dorset


 

 

Photo by:
Internet Open Source

Whooper Swan

Cygnus cygnus
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Although seen every winter in Britain very few venture as far south as Dorset


 

 

Photo by:
Mike Morse

These much rarer species have also been recorded in Dorset:

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Species Common Name Scientific Name Status
Black Swan Cygnus atratus

An Australian species that can be seen as an escape from colllections from time to time.