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Black beauty: Hopes are high for a rare, black swan wedding in Surrey, writes Matthew Brace. A year after a male black swan died in the tiny settlement of Outwood, a substitute mate may have been found for its grieving female (above). And not before time, as the bereaved mate has spent the past year disturbing the rural peace with her mournful cries. Two people responded to a plea on the radio by its owner, Sue McIntosh, for male black swans - a rare match considering there are less than 20 black swans in the wild in the UK.

Photograph: David Rose

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