Smew: here’s the scoop
Although not globally threatened, it is affected by the availability of nest sites in suitable habitats. During migration and winter it is subject to a certain amount of hunting pressure and also has been exposed to oil pollution where it occurs in significant numbers in coastal waters.
Freshwater lakes, ponds and rivers along coniferous forests. Winters along sheltered coasts and inland lakes
Fish, aquatic invertebrates, amphibians and plants
8 – 10 years
Did you know?
The smew is the only species within the Mergellus genus.
Europe and Asia
Widespread and abundant