Thursday, 22nd. September; two calls from the bay regarding cygnet with plastic water bottle top stuck over its bill. By the time we arrived, a barrage authority boat was waiting for us. A gentle approach run by boat, followed by the usual supply of bait – bread – and the usual brutal finish with the swan hook, and the victim was caught. Within seconds the litter had been removed, and he was back with his family. 30 minutes later, the RSPCA appeared, in all their glory, only to be told, the job had already been completed …!