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Welcome to the Chesil Bank and Fleet Nature Reserve website. An informative hub dedicated to keeping you up to date and informed about this unique stretch of Dorset coastline.  
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Chesil Bank and Fleet Nature Reserve © Charlie Wheeler Photography

Please feel free have a look around. There is a selection of pages to browse through, just click from the drop down menu above. There is a ‘Gallery’ of images showcasing the varied fauna and flora of the reserve accompanied with a detailed ‘Species List’.

To the right hand side we have our ‘Reserve Team Blog’ letting you know what is happening ‘down on the ground’ and any news and events that are up and coming.  


Notice Board: Upcoming events, advisory notices, public information and highlights will be posted here.








Microplastic Research

I’m Jake Bowley, a PhD student from the University of Exeter. In collaboration with our partners at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), my research is investigating whether microplastics can act as novel surface to carry marine...

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A stormy start to the year

                    The Chesil Wave Rider Buoy, as can be seen in the graphs above, has recorded wave height above the threshold (the red line) on a number of occasions so far this year. Most noticeably there was a...

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Invisible World: Microorganisms in the Fleet

The temperature is one of the factors influencing variety and abundance of microscopic communities in the Fleet. Despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Research team from Cefas has successfully completed the 3rd summer of water sampling. The...

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Visiting the reserve? Click on the image above!

Want to know what species are seen on the Fleet? Click on the image above!

 You can see a selection of great images taken by our team on and around the Fleet. Click on the image above!

which way to the sunset

Want to help out? Click on the image above!