Historic ‘swan upping’ ends for another year

Historic ‘swan upping’ ends for another year

Historic ‘swan upping’ ends for another year

First published in News

An ‘upping’ of Oxfordshire’s swan population finished in Abingdon yesterday.

The annual census has been carried out each year since the 12th century, when the Royal Family claimed ownership of the birds – then considered a delicacy at banquets.

In the swan upping ceremony, the Queen’s swan marker and crew, use six rowing skiffs in a five-day journey up-river, stopping to weigh cygnets and give swans health checks.

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8:39am Sat 19 Jul 14

horsham says...

Dreadful photo, can't the Herald find a decent photographer!
Dreadful photo, can't the Herald find a decent photographer! horsham
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3:02am Sun 20 Jul 14

The New Private Eye says...

I thought there were laws against cruelty to animals.
I thought there were laws against cruelty to animals. The New Private Eye
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