Volunteers help in swan census

Around 200 volunteers, some in canoes, have been drafted in to help round up swans at Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset. The round-up is to check the health of the swan population and takes place twice a year.

Hundreds help out in swan census

Volunteers at Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset Credit: Abbotsbury Swannery

Around 200 volunteers braved the heat today to help count and check the swans at Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset. The volunteers helped move the swans out of the water onto the shore where a vet could check them over.

Abbotsbury is the world's only managed colony of mute swans. They are checked twice a year.

Swan census underway in Dorset

Hundreds of volunteers are helping to round up swans at Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset. The purpose of the round-up is to check the health of the swans and takes place twice a year.

Abbotsbury is the world's only managed colony of mute swans. Many of the volunteers are in small boats or canoes and they herd the swans out of the water and in to holding pens so the vets can take a look at them.

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