Thursday, 19 July 2012

No Swan Count

The pair of swans arrived on the college lake back in March and stayed for three months until the end of June. During this time the swans managed to crash land in the Fellow's Garden and on the front quad lawn, having to be captured and returned to the lake.
Where our swans have gone we don't know, but hopefully they will return next year. If they flew onto the River Thames between London and Abingdon they would have been counted as part of the annual census of the swan population, the historic ceremony of Swan Upping, but for the first time in 900 years it has been cancelled due to the flooding in parts of the river. The Crown retains the right to ownership of all unmarked mute swans in open water, but The Queen only exercises her ownership on certain stretches of the Thames and its surrounding tributaries.

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