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Swan Upping

The tradition of marking newborn swans goes back six centuries, when most of the swans on England's public waters were owned by the Queen. Every year since 1363, the Queen's swan master and the swan wardens of the two livery companies row up the Thames, starting at Blackfriars and continuing upstream to Abingdon, and "up" all the swan families into the boats, where they are marked with identification numbers. There are very specific rules governing how ownership is decided, and the six boats, each flying a large silk flag, form a procession that has changed little over the centuries. More...
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Swan Upping
The tradition of marking newborn swans goes back six centuries, when most of the swans on England's public waters were owned by the Queen. Every year since 1363, the Queen's swan master and the swan wardens of the two livery companies row up the Thames, starting at Blackfriars and continuing upstream to Abingdon, and "up" all the swan families into the boats, where they are marked with identification numbers. There are very specific rules governing how ownership is decided, and the six boats, each flying a large silk flag, form a procession that has changed little over the centuries.
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It may be counting done with great pomp by men in coloured blazers in skiffs with flags, but it is actually a wildlife census.
The official Queen's Swan Marker is the Professor of Ornithology at Oxford. Round-up, weigh, health check, ring, release.


It is also about education, and involves local schoolchildren.
Dogs are the greatest threat to swans, and educating dog owners to control their dogs, especially when swans are nesting or there are young cygnets, is very important.
Also swans and cygnets get caught in fishing tackle, so clearing that off and making sure they are healthy is important.

Climate change has managed to achieve what civil wars, revolution and the blitz couldn't - a few years ago, there was severe flooding and it was cancelled, apparently for the first time since the fourteenth century.
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Swan Upping on the River Thames

This is a weekend, starting July 17th, is the start of the five-day ‪ Royal and annual Swan Upping ceremony in the English rivers around the Thames...

The annual Swan Upping began today in London, England. The five-day census—which dates back to the twelfth century—counts swans and young cygnets belonging to the Queen, while watching for signs of injury or disease. According to Reuters, the ceremony began in the 1100s, when the Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans in the kingdom. “Today, the Crown retains the right to ownership of all unmarked mute swans in open water, but the Queen only exercises her ownership on certain stretches of the River Thames and its surrounding tributaries.” The Swan Upping takes place on the third week of July every year, and collected below are images of the event from recent years.



https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2017/07/swan-upping-on-the-thames/533877/

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