Below is an extract from the Queen’s Swan Marker website with information on this year’s cancelled event.
Swan Upping, the annual census of the swan population on the River Thames, will not go ahead this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Swan Upping was due to take place on 13th – 17th July, between Sunbury-on-Thames and Abingdon in Oxfordshire.
David Barber MVO, The Queen’s Swan Marker, said: “Although not unexpected, it is of course disappointing that members of the public and local schoolchildren will not be able to enjoy Swan Upping this year.”
“It is always a great opportunity for the young people who attend to learn about mute swans, and see first-hand the health checks we carry out on every single family of swans along the river.”
The Queen’s Swan Marker is working with the Thames Swan Rescue Organisations to continue overseeing swan welfare as usual.
Royal Swan Marking held 2019
In 16th July 2019, Mayor Richard Scott and Mayoress Linda Scott accompanied the Royal Swan Marker and the Swan Uppers from Cookham to Marlow on the annual Swan Upping event, which starts at Sunbury and finishes at Abingdon.
The Royal Swan Marker wore the scarlet uniform of Her Majesty the Queen and was accompanied by Swan Uppers from the Vintners’ and Dyers’ livery companies. Their task is to seek out new signets to check their health, inspect for any injuries and collect important data.
It has been reported that there has been an increase in the incidence of dog attacks on swans, leaving them with appalling injuries and the Swan Marker has asked all dog owners to keep their dogs under control when in the vicinity of swans and other wildlife.
The Mayor held a small reception for the Swan Uppers at the Two Brewers Pub in St Peter Street. The Town Council would like to thank Alex, the Manager, for hosting this event and carrying on the tradition of many years.
The following morning the Mayor attended the departure of the Swan Uppers for the next leg of the journey at the Compleat Angler Hotel. Children from local schools were treated to a close-up view of cygnets.
For more information on Swan Upping, please visit their website: http://www.royalswan.co.uk/