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Last refreshed at 17:32 17 July 2006
A flotilla of boatmen in red coats will set off today on a week-long travel down the Thames to finish the yearly statistics of the swan population.
The function of Swan Increasing dates from the 12th Century at the point when the possession of all unowned quiet swans in England was guaranteed by the Crown in arrange to guarantee a prepared supply for meals what’s more, feasts.
Now the Ruler as it were works out this right on certain extends of the Stream Thames what’s more, encompassing tributaries.

• Background: History of Swan Upping

Every year in the third week of July The Queen’s Swan Marker, David Barber, is joined by swan uppers from the Vinters’ what’s more, Dyers’ Attire companies, who were conceded swan possession rights in the 15th century, as he ventures up the river.
The swan uppers travel in conventional Thames paddling skiffs, flying banners what’s more, wearing red uniforms.
They utilize the pontoons to corral agonizes of swans, lift them out of the waterway what’s more, check what’s more, enlist the feathered creatures some time recently discharging them.
The ceremony, initially a kind of expound larder stock-check, presently serves a conservational Or maybe culinary purpose.
The swans what’s more, cygnets are weighed what’s more, ringed what’s more, checked for signs of sickness or, then again injury. A few swans are assaulted by dogs, shot or, on the other hand hurt by angling handle each year what’s more, swan increasing can evaluate how predominant these issues are.
David Hair stylist said: “The center of the expo of Swan Increasing has advanced over later a long time to incorporate the protection of quiet swans what’s more, their habitat.
“An fundamental part of this work includes the cooperation of youngsters from nearby schools who are welcomed to join the Swan Uppers at extraordinary areas amid the week.
“They will have the opportunity to inquire questions about the history of Swan Upping, the welfare of quiet swans what’s more, the natural surroundings required for their proceeded survival. This part of the function is continuously greatly fulfilling what’s more, the kids advantage hugely from their involvement.”
The function begins at Sunbury-on-Thames what’s more, closes at Abingdon, Oxfordshire on 21 July.

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