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Royal Swan Upping 2022

Royal Swan Upping provides a spectacle despite record temperatures

This summer’s Royal Swan Upping went ahead on Tuesday, 19th July, despite the heat — and as always provided a colourful sight for walkers along the Thames towpath. Marlow’s Mayor Richard Scott accompanied the Swan Uppers on the river from Cookham to Marlow, where he held a reception at the Two Brewers pub.

“I was very pleased to join the Swan Marker, David Barber, and the teams of Swan Uppers on their annual Swan Upping,” the Mayor said. “On the hottest day of the year, they ringed cygnets between Cookham and Marlow as part of the process of checking on the health of swans and cygnets on behalf of Her Majesty, the Queen. I was also delighted to meet with the Swan Marker the following morning, when he explained the importance of the annual event to children from a number of local schools.” 

The Royal Swan Uppers wear the scarlet uniform of Her Majesty The Queen and travel in traditional rowing skiffs, together with Swan Uppers from the Vintners’ and Dyers’ livery companies. Many schools are invited to meet the Swan Uppers on their journey up river, giving the children the opportunity to view cygnets at close quarters and ask questions.

Visit the official website: https://www.royal.uk/swans

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Swan Upping took place on Tuesday 20th July 2021. See latest news item for more information. https://www.marlow-tc.gov.uk/2021/07/swan-upping-returns/


Below is an extract from the Queen’s Swan Marker website with information on the 2020 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/