Royal Swan Upping, river Thames, UK, 1997
Swan Upping is the annual census of the swan population on various stretches of the river Thames. This historic ceremony dates from the twelfth century, when the Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans.
It’s a joint venture between the Queen's Swan Marker and the Swan Uppers of the Vintners' and Dyers' Livery Companies. They use traditional Thames rowing skiffs in their five-day journey upstream to Abingdon leaving from Eton Bridge, Windsor.
The job of the Swan Uppers is to count the number of young cygnets each year and to ensure that the swan population is maintained.
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- Royal Swan Upping 1997