Dedicated swan rescuers getting ready to move onto new premises received a distressing reminder on Sunday as to why their work is so necessary.

Operations director Wendy Hermon at the Swan Support charity said that volunteers were called out at 4pm on Sunday to the lake near Wraysbury Village Hall, after reports that a swan had been shot by an airgun.

It is the sort of emergency volunteers are regularly called to, as swans are regularly injured by airguns on the Thames at Windsor and have to be nursed back to health.

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It was too late for the swan at Wraysbury that was dead when help arrived.

Wendy said: "What sort of enjoyment do people get from doing something like this?

"They must be sick in the head."

Swan Support has been offered a site near Bray Lake by the Summerleaze sand and gravel company and plans to move in soon, after planning permission has been granted.

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There are plans for a new rescue and treatment centre there. But like so many charities Swan Support has had its fundraising activities hit by the current pandemic.

Donations are badly needed.

The charity is operated entirely by volunteers who provide a 24 hour a day service using their two kayaks and two Dory boats to reach injured birds.

Wendy said: "We are so grateful to members of the public who watch out for the swans and call us when they see one in trouble."

You can reach the charity on 07968 868172 or 01628 876336, or email on