Wednesday, 28 June 2017

No swansong for cygnets

THE swan population on the Thames has not been badly affected by the winter floods.

Many cygnets died after being washed over weirs in the strong currents while others fell victim to dog attacks and shootings.

But the overall number is thought to be on a par with last year, according to the Queen’s swan marker David Barber, who led the swan upping ceremony this week.

The annual census of swans on the river, a tradition that dates back to the 12th century, takes place from Sunbury-on-Thames to Abingdon over five days each July.

The young birds are rounded up, caught, marked and then released.

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