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Wycombe Abbey Swans rescued by Swan Lifeline

On 16 May, Wycombe Abbey welcomed four new cygnets. The new arrivals spent their first week enjoying the sunshine and the school grounds and the Residential Staff kept a close eye on the new family from a distance.

Unfortunately, only two of the cygnets made it past their first weeks, but our wildlife hero, Mrs Sue Buxton, Director of Science and STEM, was on hand to help save the remaining two. One day, Sue noticed that the two cygnets were alone and kept them under observation until the end of the day. With no sight of the returning parents, Sue called Swan Lifeline to help step in.

Swan Lifeline is the oldest registered charity devoted entirely to the care of sick and injured swans in the Thames Valley and surrounding areas. Swan Lifeline was founded in 1986 by a small group, who had been involved with swan rescue and treatment from a base in Windsor. With support from the public, Swan Lifeline has managed to rescue and treat over 30,000 swans to date – including a few from Wycombe Abbey grounds over the years! Read their Facebook post about the day:

Thank you to Sue, Ian and Swan Lifeline for their care and attention towards our wildlife community. We hope the Wycombe Abbey cygnets settle into their new home and hopefully we may see them again one day.