Swan Upping plays an important role in the conservation of the mute swan.
It involves The Queen’s Swan Warden collecting data, assessing the health of young cygnets and examining them for any injuries.
Cygnets are extremely vulnerable at this early stage in their development and Swan Upping affords an opportunity to help both adults and cygnets that might otherwise go untreated.
The Royal Swan Uppers, who wear the scarlet uniform of Her Majesty The Queen, 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. The children involved may have the opportunity to view cygnets at close quarter and ask questions about swans, the boats used and The Queen’s ownership of mute swans.
The participation of school children is a positive element of Swan Upping and their enthusiasm for wildlife is always to be encouraged.