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Swan Lifeline is the oldest and original registered charity entirely devoted to the care and needs of sick and injured swans. The charity was formed in 1986 by a group of dedicated people who have been involved in swan rescue and treatment for many years. The trustees are actively involved in the work of the charity and, until recently, the whole organisation is run by volunteers.We now employ a day time co-ordinator to ensure the smooth running of the center on weekdays.

At Cuckoo Weir Island, Eton, we have ponds and pens plus an intensive care unit and look after approx.170 birds at any one time.We have a specialist bird washing bath, a casualty reception area and a well equipped treatment room. Our vet, swan expert Stephen Cooke, visits our centre when required to conduct examinations and oversee treatment. Our facilities allow him to carry out x-rays and operations on-site.

During the past fifteen years, over 11,500 swans have been rescued and treated by Swan Lifeline. Our aim is to secure a treatment centre in perpetuity not dependent on any one person or group of people.

Main Area of Operation

We operate from our headquarters situated on a small island in the Thames at Eton leased to us by Eton College at no cost and close to the large non-breeding flock at Windsor. Our team of rescuers cover the Thames Valley and Shire Counties although we often travel beyond and work closely with other swan rescue groups throughout the country.

We offer a 24 hour service and can be contacted on our Rescue Line 01753 589397

Homes Required in Sheltered Waters

Encounters with objects, both on the ground and in the air, can necessitate either one or both wings to be partially or fully amputated. We are always looking for suitable homes, ideally with a small lake or large pond, an area of grass for grazing and a fox-proof fence around a small island where they can sleep and nest in safety. If you think you could offer a pair of swans a good home, please give us a call on 01753 859397, we will be happy to discuss it with you.


We are always in need of volunteers to work at our Treatment Centre in Eton and rescuers. If you have a few hours to spare and would like to work with this truly endearing creature in its hour of need, do please give us a call on 01753 859397. We often have assistance from trainee vets and veterinary nurses and both sides benefit and gain worthwhile experience.

Please visit our Website for further details on our charity and our swan sponsorship scheme.

Dates Referenced August 2001
Contact Details

Swan Lifeline
Cuckoo Weir Island
South Meadow Lane

Tel. 01753 859397
Fax. 01753 622709

Emergency helpline. 01753 859397

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Contact form and e-mail addresses at: http://www.swanlifeline.org.uk/contact_us.html

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