A Number of Swans

kalaryder

Baldivis, Australia

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Abbotsbury Swannery is the only managed colony of nesting mute swans in the world. It is situated near the village of Abbotsbury in Dorset, England, 14 kilometres (9 miles) west of Weymouth on a 1-hectare (2-acre) site around the Fleet Lagoon protected from the weather of Lyme Bay by Chesil Beach. The colony can number over 600 swans with around 150 pairs. Written records of the swannery’s existence go back to 1393 but it probably existed well before that, and is believed to have been set up by Benedictine monks in the eleventh century.

They are free-flying birds and could choose to nest anywhere, but are attracted by the Fleet Lagoon. Visitors can wander on small paths among the various nests, sometimes experiencing the birds’ territorial displays. The swannery is open to the public between March and the end of October, and an interesting time to visit is between the middle of May and the end of June when young cygnets are present. Twice a day at noon and 4pm, mass feeding of the swans takes place

The Fleet, besides which the swannery sits, is the largest lagoon in Europe, and runs for about 13 km (8.1 mi) along the Dorset coast. It is brackish and tidal, but sheltered by Chesil Beach, and is a RAMSAR site of international importance and an Site of Special Scientific Interest, and has been a nature reserve since as early as 1393. The swannery is at its westerly extremity. (Wikipedia)

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