Image of a new born cygnet with it’s mother taken yesterday at the Swannery located at Abbotsbury, Dorset UK, while visiting with very good friend Pauline
Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset is unique. This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. A visit to the Swannery is considered one of the best things to do in Dorset.
The Swannery was established by Benedictine Monks who built a monastery at Abbotsbury during the 1040’s. The monks farmed the swans to produce food for their lavish Dorset banquets. St Peter’s monastery was destroyed in 1539 during the dissolution. Some of the ruins are still visible around St Nicholas’ Church in the village. Since that time the Swannery has been under the stewardship of the Ilchester Estates.
Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset, near Weymouth, has become one of the most popular things to do for the family visiting Dorset. Located on the dramatic Dorset Coast, this unique natural wildlife habitat is also popular with film makers and has been used as a location for Harry Potter filming.
The swans at Abbotsbury are all free flying, this is a sanctuary, not a zoo. There are no cages.
From mid May to late June hundreds of fluffy cygnets hatch from eggs in nests on or near the pathways.
Camera Olympus E-520 DSLR
Focal length 150.0mm