The Swan Rescue Sanctuary is a registered charity that was founded by Ken and Judy Merriman in 1994 following several years converting their 18 acres of farm land into the haven for swans that it is today. The main aim of the sanctuary is to treat and release swans back into the wild as soon as possible, but sometimes swans need long term care. Ken and Judy have dedicated their lives to caring for all the residents at the Swan Rescue Sanctuary. This effort involves day to day care for the swans and other residents, such as rescue missions, treatment, feeding, and the overall upkeep and maintenance of the Swan Rescue Sanctuary.
The Swan Rescue Sanctuary comprises of ponds and lakes to cope with all the demands that the swans need. There are recovery ponds, treatment ponds, orphan ponds, therapy ponds, family group enclosures, flight practice ponds, and retirement ponds for the old and weak swans and the lakes for the main flock. The lakes and ponds also provide a stopover for all the wild swans that come and go all year round especially in the winter when the number of swans can swell to over 500 swans.
Over the years, the Swan Rescue Sanctuary has acted as a safe haven for swans and waterfowl in addition to other birds and animals that have also found shelter there. The humble residents of the Swan Rescue Sanctuary include retired, recovering and visiting swans, owls, peacocks, a parrot, chickens, hens and a feisty cockerel that one day appeared at the entrance of the Swan Rescue Sanctuary!
The Swan Rescue Sanctuary provides treatment and care for swans with a variety of injuries including those that have become entangled with fishing lines and hooks, overhead power lines (the largest threat to swans), road traffic accidents and sadly intentional cruelty.
Most swans are returned to the wild following treatment but many, due to their injuries, require the protection of the Swan Rescue Sanctuary to live out their lives in the safe environment provided. Here they can amble around, have a swim, and socialize with one another in peace and quiet.
What we offer:
Rescue service for swans Large sanctuary of ponds 3 fully equipped rescue ambulances
The Swan Rescue Sanctuary is always in need of support. Please see our How to Help page to learn more about how you can support our work.