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  • Abbotsbury Swannery and Gardens

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    Name of Location Abbotsbury Swannery and Gardens
    • Ample parking on site
    • Entrance charges apply
    • Manned visitor centre
    • Cafe on site
    • Toilets on site
    • Picnic area
    • Seats around the site
    • Information leaflet available
    • Signed routes and trails
    • Well made paths
    • Suitable for wheelchairs
    • No dogs allowed
    OS Map Reference SY577847
    Aspect Detail
    Manager Restricted Access
    Ten Top Species: 
    Species Scientific Name Status Record Date Interest Level
    Common Gull Larus canus The Fleet 26/02/2010
    Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis The Fleet 26/02/2010
    Shelduck Tadorna tadorna The Fleet 26/02/2010
    Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus The Fleet 26/02/2010
    Grey Heron Ardea cinerea The Fleet 26/02/2010
    Buzzard Buteo buteo The Fleet 26/02/2010
    Pochard Aythya ferina The Fleet 26/02/2010
    Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula The Fleet 26/02/2010
    Herring Gull Larus argentatus The Fleet 26/02/2010
    Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo The Fleet 26/02/2010
    Habitat(s) Extent Comment
    CP: Coastal Shingle Partial The shingle of Chesil Beach is on the opposite side of the lagoon
    CL: Saline Lagoon Significant The area where you find the swans is saline lagoon!

    This site is designated as an SSSI or is part of a larger SSSI. Here are the details:

    SSSI Name Chesil and the Fleet
    Primary Photo

    Nature and Geological Conservation Review site. Fleet designated a wetland of international importance under the Ransar Convention and a Special Protection Area under EEC Directive on the Conservation of Wild Birds (79/409). Part of the SSSI lies within the West Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it lies wholly within the West Dorset Heritage Coast. The SSSI includes the Fleet Sanctuary Nature Reserve, the Dorset Trust for Nature Conservation West Bexington Reserve, and part of the National Trust’s Limekiln and Labour-inVain Farm. It is contiguous with the West Dorset Coast SSSI, the Portland Coast SSSI and the proposed Portland Harbour SSSI. Site boundary amended by extension and deletion. Part of the site previously and separately notified as Cogden Farm and Beach.

    Interest Biological
    Status Now Featured on NoD
    My Notes The SSSI stretches some way along the coast line here and the Fleet and its inner coast can be accessed from several points, indeed the South West Coastal path runs along its complete length.