|A ringer's camp!|
After wrestling with my tent we headed off to the pub for some much needed grub. After only getting a few hours sleep we awoke at 5am to the sound of Chris Perrins on the loudspeaker! As we stumbled out of our tents into the light we were greeted by a TV crew filming for BBC One's The One Show. So after doing a bit of advertising for WWT we headed off to join up with everyone else for the briefing. Then it was time for the main event.
|Readying the troops|
With around 90 canoeists out in the water the rest of us waded out into the murky water to join up with them and herd the swans into the pen. There was a lot of pressure not to fall in as the entire time the TV crew were pointing a camera in our faces. Luckily no one fell in and the 771 swans were safely rounded up and secured in their pen. It was quite freaky as we waded close to the banks as we had been accidentally corralling the lake's population of fish at the same time as the swans so as we got closer to the banks the fish would jump out of the water and into us or slam into our feet under the water which sure does make you jump!
|Filming for The One Show|
|The brilliant canoeists|
|Corralling the swans|
After dragging our sorry selves out of the water, a quick change and a nice hot dog for breakfast the processing could begin. WWT had it's own ringing station and processed nearly 200 swans throughout the day.
|The WWT Ringing Station|
I was lucky enough to have been able to ring and Darvic most of the swans. It was my first time ringing swans but I soon picked it up.
|Ringing my first swan|
Darvicing the swans was really interesting and I now own my very first Darvic ring which I removed from an adult Mute swan and replaced with a bright. new, shiny, yellow one reading TVT - so keep an eye out for it!
|My first Darviced swan|
|An expertly fitted Darvic if I do say so myself!|
|Weighing a swan|
|A male swan's bits!|
After 5 hours of intense processing I was on my last swan which I decided to release back into the water myself. Of course after staying relatively unharmed the whole day the last swan saw fit to give my arm a good shredding and almost make me fall into the water in front of a large crowd of ringers!
|The last swan, before it ripped into my arm|
|The last release|
After having survived the ordeal of releasing the last swan we celebrated with some rhubarb pie and clotted cream!
|Our hard earned reward|
|Laura and her swan|
|Me and my Mute friend|
|Showing off my handy work!|
Abbotsbury will be shown on The One Show on Monday 14th November at 7pm on BBC1